APTLD Board Meeting Communiqué (17 January 2019)

On 17 January 2019, 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 APTLD75

The Board received the update and noted a substantial progress in registrations and filling out speaking/moderation slots.

The Board also took notice of the entry visa arrangements for participants and expressed appreciation to TRA UAE for setting up a fast-track procedure for the Meeting participants.

Consideration of GM’s Update on Progress in Preparations for APTLD76

The Board noted with satisfaction the completion of the venue selection process and discussed the draft agenda for APTLD76, and suggested GM engage with the technical community to solicit their advice on topics for the technical track on the agenda.

Consideration and Approval of the Draft APTLD Strategic Plan for 2019-2021

The Board discussed the draft APTLD Strategic Plan for 2019-2021 and ruled to approve it for a further adoption at the upcoming AGM. The Board expressed appreciation to the Working Group members for their contribution to the document.

Setting up the Date and Agenda for the Annual Executive Call with the Membership

The Board considered the need to hold an annual teleconference with Members’ Executive Management and suggested it should be held on 31 January 2019, with the discussion on the draft Strategic Plan for 2019-2021 being its agenda item.

Consideration of the Application for Ordinary Membership by the .BD Registry (Republic of Bangladesh)

The Board considered a GM’s update on the matter and concluded that whereas Bangladesh Telecommunication Company Ltd. is the administrator of .BD ccTLD, which is duly reflected in IANA records, and the Republic of Bangladesh is situated in Asia Pacific, the .BD registry is eligible for the Ordinary Membership status in APTLD. The Board voted to grant the .BD registry the said status.

Consideration of the Outcome of the Experimental Phase of the Opening of APTLD Fellowship Programs for Associate Members

The Board received a GM’s update on the matter and noted with satisfaction that some Associate members have benefited from APTLD Fellowship programs without prejudice to Ordinary members and suggested that Fellowships should remain available to Associate members with a due account of thresholds and limitations set forth in the Fellowship policies.

Consideration of the GM’s Update on the State and Execution of the 2018 APTLD Budget and Update on the 2019 Membership Fee Collection Campaign

The Board received a GM’s update on the matter and noted with satisfaction that the pre-audited 2018 budget has remained up to the original projections. The Board also noted with satisfaction that the 2019 Membership fees payment campaign has posted a considerable progress.

Consideration of GM’s Memorandum on Dedicated Training for .AF and .UZ

The Board received a GM’s update on the matter and approved the project aiming at bolstering the interested registries’ capacity.

The Board expressed appreciation to auDA, Afilias, Gransy, as well as ICANN and AE Server, for supporting the project and suggested GM complete the preparations to meet the project timelines.

The Board expressed appreciation to .UZ for the commitment to host and co-sponsor the training in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, which is scheduled for 18-25 April 2019.

Consideration of the Preliminary Outcome of the 2019 Board Election

The Board received a Secretariat’s update on the matter and ruled that whereas only 3 out of the 4 seats have been filled in and there has been no nomination to fill in the remaining seat, a by-election should be conducted until mid- February 2019.

The Board suggested the Secretariat promptly completed and circulated a by-election Schedule to the Ordinary Membership.

The Board also considered a number of other administrative, legal and financial matters.