APTLD Board Meeting Communiqué (17 August 2017)

On 17 August 2017, the APTLD Board held its teleconference and considered a range of matters. A summary of the meeting is published in this Communiqué.

Consideration of the GM’s Update on Progress in Preparations for APTLD72

The Board received an update on preparations for APTLD72 and noted with much satisfaction a record-breaking number of registrations for the Meeting. The Board noted that the Agenda is nearly complete and suggested GM promptly finalize it as scheduled.

Consideration of an Update on Progress in the APTLD Website Revamp Project Implementation

The Board received an update on progress in the user acceptance testing of the new website and noted with satisfaction that members participate in the process with valuable comments and recommendations. The Board suggested GM complete the period in question no later than 31 August 2017, so that to inaugurate the new website during APTLD72.

Consideration of APTLD’s SMM Practices

The Board discussed the issue of APTLD activities on the social media and noted with satisfaction a significant progress in APTLD’s visibility on Facebook and Twitter. The Board also pointed out to the imperative to ensure a greater consistency of the SMM practices with the APTLD’s mission and objectives, namely to serve as a regional platform for exchange of best practices and capacity building.

Consideration of the GM’s Memorandum on the Fellowship Rounds Completed/in Progress in July-August 2017

The Board received a GM’s update on the matter and noted that Fellowships have emerged as a sustained and fairly successful avenue of the Association’s operation. The Board also suggested that GM should ensure a greater number of APTLD members’ representatives’ participation in the Fellowship programs. To that effect, the Board suggested GM incorporate in the respective Policies and Calls a clause that would ensure the same person could be awarded only one Fellowship a year.

The Board also selected Mr. Norman Warput of .VU as a Fellow to the 3rd Sub-regional workshop (NetHui, New Zealand, in the fall 2017)

Consideration of GM’s Update on the State and Execution of the 2017 APTLD Budget

The Board considered the update and noted with satisfaction that the 2017 Budget is executed excess of the original projections. The Board suggested GM ponder on new projects to ensure a better-quality service to the community.

Consideration of GM’s Update on Recent Outreach Activities

The Board received a GM’s update on recent outreach activities, including prospective joint projects with I* organizations in the region and engagement visits to LANIC (Laos) and the .MM registry (Myanmar), and thanked GM for his efforts to establish relations with these and other organizations.

The Board also considered a number of other administrative matters.