On 19 April 2018, the APTLD Board held its regular teleconference meeting and considered a range of matters. A summary of the meeting is published in this Communiqué.
Consideration of GM’s Update on Progress in Preparations for APTLD74
The Board noted with satisfaction a high interest in the upcoming event on the part of both APTLD Members and invited guests, which manifested itself in a big number of early registrations for the Meeting.
The Board specifically commended the host and the supporting authority of Uzbekistan for their commitment and proactive approach to the organization of the Meeting.
Consideration of the Application for Associate Membership in APTLD by the .SU registry
The Board received an update from GM on the matter and noted that while .SU was originally allocated to the currently non-existent Soviet Union, technically it has successfully continued its operation since the breakup of the USSR and is held in the IANA database, and found that .SU fully qualifies for Associate Membership in APTLD.
Consideration of the GM’s Report on Visit to Dubai for APTLD75
The Board received the GM’s report on a working visit to Dubai to negotiate a possibility for holding APTLD75 with the .AE leadership and inspect local hotels. The Board expressed its thanks to the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority of UAE and the .AE registry for their commitment to the community and suggested GM promptly finalize logistical preparations for the Meeting in close coordination with .AE, while the members of the Board Working Group on Meeting Agenda starts drafting the APTLD75 agenda.
Consideration of GM’s Memorandum on Appointment of the Alternate APTLD Representative in International Fora
The Board agrees to the need to have a designated Alternate APTLD representative in international fora in a situation where GM is not available for such events and suggested that a policy should be developed in this regard.
Consideration of GM’s Memorandum on Sub-Regional Fellowships for the Middle East DNS Forum
The Board received an update from GM on the matter and noted with regret that no applications were submitted in connection with the ME DNS Forum.
The Board suggested GM keep proactively engaging with the members in the sub-region and seizing on new opportunities to promote such activities.
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 commended the community for its high commitment to the Members’ duties, which resulted most Members having paid the membership fees in full and in time. The Board also noted with satisfaction that that the budget is in line with the original projections.
Support of, and Representation at, APIGA
The Board received an update from the Asia Pacific Internet Governance Academy, a joint initiative by KISA and ICANN, on APIGA 2018 and agreed to continue supporting this important initiative by offering a Fellowship to an APTLD member’s representative to attend the Academy at Chonnam National University, Gwangju, Korea, in late-July 2018; the Board also suggested GM represent APTLD at the Academy.
The Board also considered a number of other administrative and financial matters.