Nairobi to host ICANN’s first office in Africa, to be set up in April  


Nairobi is set to host ICANN’s first engagement office in Africa from this April. The announcement was made this morning by ICANN Board chair Steve Crocker at the ongoing ICANN55 meeting in Marrakech, Morocco.

While making his opening remarks, Dr Crocker said: “I’m proud to announce that ICANN’s first engagement center in Africa will open on the 1st of April in Kenya, in Nairobi, Kenya.”

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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 opening 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.