On 20 August 2015, the APTLD Board had its regular
teleconference and considered a range of matters, the most important
of which are published in this Communiqué.
The upcoming APTLD Meeting in
The Board noted that 42
representatives of some 15 members have registered for the Meeting with some
The Board approved the
Agenda and noted with satisfaction a greater level of cooperation between ICANN
and APTLD, which reflecting the spirit of the recently signed MoU, has resulted
in a co-sponsorship of the training session for APTLD members on 7 September
and agreement to ensure remote participation via ICANN-sponsored Adobe facility.
Approval of Nominations for the
The Board considered
the GM’s recommendations on the matter and noted that there had been submitted
two applications – one from .tj and the other one – from.tl. The Board took
notice of the GM’s debrief regarding the quality, completeness and timeliness
of their submission and ruled to approve nomination of Nodir Mirzoev, Deputy
CEO of .tj as the Fellow and Nicolau Santos Celestino as the Alternate Fellow.
Given that both
nominations proved equally strong, the Board resolved to award Fellowships to
both applicants and instructed GM to ensure their participation in the upcoming
meeting in Jakarta.
The Progress in the APTLD
Website Revamp Project
The Board noted that
while there were two proposals for the Website Revamp submitted by different
vendors and expression of interest by CNNIC, there is a compelling need to launch
another round of RFP, with a more detailed ToR implying, inter alia, the
awarding of a commercial contract, and recommended GM promptly revise the
previous one. The deadline for receipt interested parties’ bids should be 3 calendar
weeks following the date of publication of the revised RFP and the mandatory
condition of the TOR should be completion of the assignment in 3 months after
the contract is awarded to the winner.
Consideration of the Membership
Application by .VU
The Board noted that the
Telecommunications and Radiocommunications Regulator of Vanuatu has applied for
membership in APTLD; furthermore the Board noted that due to the geographical
location of the country and proved credentials of TRR, it qualifies for associate
membership and voted unanimously for accepting TTR as a new Associate Member of
GM’s Report on the 2015 Outreach
Campaign to Solicit New Members to Join APTLD
The Board considered
the Report in question and took additional time to evaluate the substance of
the matter. Meanwhile, the Board reaffirmed its support of the GM’s efforts to
engage with prospective members and approved the GM’s participation as a presenter
in the ICTWeek in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, in mid-September 2015 on invitation of
the First Deputy Minister of Telecoms of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
The State of the Budget and
Recovery of Membership Fee Arrears
The Board noted that the APTLD Budget has been
executed in line with the initial projections.
The Board expressed concern over recent
problems to maintain the Website and the APTLD’s Gmail Business Accounts
operational and recommended GM take immediate action to preclude this from
happening in the future by ensuring a timely payment to the respective vendors.