Qatar, ICANN deal to boost domain names

June 25, 2014 - 1:28:06 am
H E Dr Hessa Sultan Al Jaber, the  Minister of Communication and Information Technology, and Fadi Chehadé, President of ICANN, signing the MoU.

Doha: The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (ictQatar) and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) during the High-Level Government Meeting at ICANN’s 50th Public Meeting in London.

The MoU, signed by H E Dr Hessa Sultan Al Jaber, the  Minister of Communication and Information Technology, and Fadi Chehadé, President of ICANN, focuses on all involved parties agreeing to cooperate with the overall aim of supporting the development of the domain name industry and Internationalised Domain Names (such as those in Arabic script) in the region, as well as to promote the multi-stakeholder model of Internet Governance. 

“We are pleased to have a strategic partnership with ICANN to enhance our national efforts in positioning Qatar as a prominent player in the global digital economy. Qatar will also support ICANN’s multi-stakeholder model and globalisation efforts to ensure that the Internet remains open and accessible for everyone,” said Dr Al Jaber on the occasion.

Addressing the ICANN’s High-Level Government Meeting, Dr Al-Jaber said that the US government decision to transfer its oversight function on the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) to the global multi-stakeholder community and the internationalisation of the ICANN functions is a historic moment for the evolution and governance of the Internet. “We are looking forward to this new management model that will preserve the core critical functions of the Internet, which should be global, transparent, multi-stakeholder and free of control from a single entity,” the Minister added. 

The meeting was attended by approximately 30 ministers from across the globe. The signing of this MoU highlights ICANN’s continuous regional engagement amongst different stakeholders, in promoting the DNS industry and the Internet governance multi-stakeholder approach nationally, regionally and globally.

The meeting was attended by approximately 30 ministers from across the globe. The signing of this MoU highlights ICANN’s continuous regional engagement amongst different stakeholders, in promoting the DNS industry and the Internet governance multi-stakeholder approach nationally, regionally and globally.

The Peninsula

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