Following the announcement at the ICANN55 meeting in Morocco in March that the organization would open an office in Nairobi, Kenya, the global body in charge of the internet has now formally set a date for the event.
The Kenya office – called ICANN Engagement Centre – will be formally opened next week on Tuesday May 24 an event in Nairobi.
“The Internet community in Africa applauded the decision, which they saw as strong evidence of ICANN’s continued commitment to Africa. We are glad to inform you that the office is now fully operational. Plans to officially launch the office are underway – the official opening ceremony will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, on 24 May 2016,” states ICANN in its May newsletter.
“Internationalizing ICANN has been a major focus during the past four years. In fact, “evolving and further globalizing ICANN” is one of ICANN’s five strategic objectives. ICANN is a global organization that is committed to supporting the growth and development of the domain name industry in Africa. As part of this strategy, the ICANN Board of Directors and senior leadership agreed to open the first ICANN office in Africa. The decision was announced during the ICANN55 Public Meeting in Marrakech, Morocco,” adds the statement.
ICANN’s Nairobi office will act as the organisation’s foothold in Africa and be focused on championing institutional engagement with stakeholders, including governments, civil society, and technical and academic institutions.