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APTLD Board Meeting Communiqué (18 October 2018)
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APTLD Board Meeting Communiqué (18 October 2018)

On 18 October 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 APTLD75

The Board took a notice of the progress in preparations for APTLD75 and
the degree of collaboration with ICANN and RIPE NCC and suggested the Board
members should lead by example by registering for the Meeting and encouraging
the community to follow them in that regard.

Consideration
of a Pilot Target Capacity Building Workshop

The Board considered a GM’s suggestion to conduct a pilot target
capacity building workshop for the .IQ marketing team on the sidelines of
APTLD75 and agreed to the exercise on condition its outcome should be subject
to an adequate assessment to subsequently form a good practice.

Progress
in Preparations for APTLD76

The Board considered a GM’s update on progress in preparations for
APTLD76 in September 2019 and discussed its potential host options. The Board
also took a notice that the host member can be identified by end-October 2018.

Consideration of GM’s Memorandum
on Granting .AS Ordinary Membership Status in APTLD

The Board received a GM’s update on the matter
and noted the following: .AS has for long been a very active Associate member
in APTLD; American Samoa is an unincorporated territory of the United States
located in the South Pacific Ocean, southeast of Samoa, and its population are
all nationals but not citizens of the United States at birth. It is duly listed
in the IANA database.

Further, some Ordinary members of APTLD have
found themselves in a status fairly similar to that of .AS, while maintaining
their historical country codes and administering their own ccTLD. As well, back
in 2015, the APTLD Working Group on Geographic Diversity and Representation on
the Board concluded that, .”AS has been a very active participant in APTLD
throughout the Association’s history; While .AS is formally deemed to be part
of North America in the ICANN’s regional classification, but in strict
geographic terms it distinctly falls under the category of Pacific Island and
as such displays multiple commonalities with the neighboring islands, and very
little commonality with North America in terms of ccTLD operations and Internet
Governance in general;

There is no North American ccTLD organization
in existence, so .AS has no other natural options;

Internationally, there has been a precedent of
granting full membership to a ccTLD outside that ccTLD’s region and in the
absence of a respective regional organization for that ccTLD to join”.

Having judged the aforementioned factors, the
APTLD Board voted to grant .AS the Ordinary Membership status in APTLD.

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 a GM’s
update on the matter and noted with satisfaction that the 2018 budget should
still be quite healthy by end-year.

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