APTLD Board Meeting Communiqué (23 February 2018)

On 23 February 2018, the APTLD Board held its in-person meeting in Kathmandu, Nepal, and considered a range of matters. A summary of the meeting is published in this Communiqué.

Farewell and thanks to the outgoing Board Chair and Treasurer

The Board reiterated its farewell and once again expressed a deep gratitude to the outgoing Board Chair, Mr. Lim Choon Sai (SGNIC), and Treasurer, Mr. Alireza Saleh (IRNIC), for their service to the community and offered best wishes to Mr. Lim Choon Sai in his future undertakings.

Election of the Office Bearers (Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary) outside of APTLD.

The Board members elected Ms. Ai-Chin Lu (TWNIC) the Chair, Prof. Gihan Dias (LK Domain Registry) the Vice Chair, Ms. Zhan Xiao (CNNIC) the Treasurer, and Ms. Min Jung Park (KISA) the Secretary.

Review of the outcomes of APTLD73 and AGM

The Board noticed with satisfaction a good turnout for the Members Meeting, a good quality of its organization and agenda. With thanks to the Secretariat for that, the Board noted the need for more interactive and relevant sessions which could be ensured through the process of consulting both the Board and community on future agenda items. To that effect, the Board proposed expanding the Programme Committee to include non-board members and the setting up of three dedicated mailing lists for Technical, Marketing, and Policy communities within APTLD, and the appointment of a lead for each mailing list.

The Board also suggested the Secretariat promptly address Members' concerns about the need to ensure compliance with the annual reporting procedures, including their timely update on accounts and draft budget prior to AGM. The Board further instructed the Secretariat to expedite submission of the respective documents for the Ordinary Members’ attention.

Consideration of GM’s update on Progress in Preparations for APTLD74

The Board received an update from GM on the matter and approved the budget of the event in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of APTLD.

Consideration of the GM’s Memorandum on the Dates and Location of APTLD75

The Board received an update from GM on possible options for holding APTLD75 in the early 2015 and suggested that it would be most appropriate to co-locate the Members Meeting with ICANN63 in Kobe, Japan, in early March 2019. The Board suggested GM promptly contact JPRS to seek its agreement to the proposal.

Consideration of GM’s Memorandum on Nomination for the 2018 ICANN Multistakeholder Ethos Award

The Board revisited the matter and received a detailed rationale from GM for the nomination, and agreed with the GM’s proposal to nominate Ms. Yannis Li, the Business development Director of DotAsia, for the prestigious award. The Board suggested GM take on the matter as prescribed by ICANN’s procedure.

Consideration of the GM’s Update on the State and Execution of the 2017 APTLD Budget and Update on the 2018 Membership Fee Collection Campaign

The Board received GM’s update on the matter and noted with satisfaction that nearly all the Members have paid the fees in a timely manner as prescribed by the APTLD Constitution. The Board also discussed the need to review and amend the By-Laws to ensure that they do not negatively affect members who have committed to pay their membership dues but are precluded by logistical reasons from doing so in time. The Board also noted that the budget is in line with the original projections.

The Board also considered a number of other administrative matters.