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APTLD Board Meeting Communiqué (18 December 2020)

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On 18 December 2020, the APTLD Board held a regular teleconference meeting and considered a range of matters. A summary of the Meeting is published in this Communiqué.

Preparations for APTLD79

The Board received a GM’s update on the matter and noted a continued progress in registrations and volunteering for contribution to some sessions. The Board remains hopeful that Members will help promote the trends in question.

Preparations for APTLD80

The Board received a GM’s update on the matter and noted that the prospects for an onsite Meeting remain uncertain and suggested GM keep monitoring the situation while continuing routine preparations for the Meeting.

The Board also discussed the draft APTLD80 agenda and agreed with the migration of some of APTLD79 topics into it and suggested some new topics to be included in the agenda.

Secretariat’s Update on Preparations for the 2021 Board Election

The Board received the Secretariat’s update on the matter and noted with satisfaction the success of a pilot test of the new online voting system, and approved the final version of the Election Schedule.

State and Execution of the 2020 APTLD Budget

The Board received the GM’s update on the matter and noted the projected 2020 budget surplus, which appears to be in line with earlier made projections.

The Board also suggested GM should consider a possibility for several on-site sub-regional capacity building and training events for Members in 2021 to for the Membership’s greater benefit.

The Draft 2021 Budget

The Board discussed the revised draft 2021 Budget and approved it as is, and stressed the importance of its periodical review due to the uncertainty engendered by the global pandemic.

Recommendation for AGM on the 2021 Auditor for APTLD

The Board reviewed bids for auditing the APTLD financial performance for 2021 and resolved to recommend to AGM that Flexkin, a Hong Kong-based auditor firm, should be considered for the job.

The IRNIC’s Request for Waiving the 2021 Membership Fee

The Board reviewed the IRNIC’s request and agreed to waive the fee due to the ccTLD’s extraordinary circumstances, and expressed the hope that IRNIC would be able to honor its obligations in good faith at an appropriate moment, circumstances permitting.

Selection of the APTLD82 Host

The Board considered the GM’s update on the matter and concluded that given the TRA of Oman’s continued commitment to and the groundbreaking work completed in preparations to APTLD79, the 82nd Members Meeting should take place in Muscat, Oman in the early October 2022.

The Board also considered a number of other administrative matters.

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