Launch of the the first ICANN Africa engagement Office in Africa
ICANN is set to launch their first engagement office in Africa on May 24, 2016 and will be presided over by senior government officials and ICANN Global leaders. This follows the announcement that was made by ICANN Board chair Steve Crocker at the ICANN55 meeting in March in Marrakech, Morocco.
ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is a nonprofit organization that is responsible for the global internet and is headquartered in the US.
The launch of the Nairobi office comes over 6 years since the country played host to ICANN37 meeting held in Nairobi in March 2010.
In May 2013, ICANN opened another engagement office in Istanbul, Turkey in a move meant to deepen its engagement with the global internet community.
“Today, we celebrate the anniversary of the two “new” hubs opened over the past couple of years – Istanbul to cover Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA), and Singapore for Asia Pacific (APAC) – in addition to our long established hub in Los Angeles,” stated Susanna Wong Bennett, ICANN’s COO on the ICANN blog in October last year.
The ICANN meetings are held three times each year in different regions of the globe to enable attendees from around the world to participate in person. One meeting each year is also the organization’s annual general meeting, during which new Board members take their seats. The ICANN Board typically chooses the actual location at least a year out from the meeting.
We welcome ICANN to Nairobi, Kenya!