Friday, August 13, 2010

Rwanda to host the next East African Internet Governance Forum


By Ether Nakkazi
The third East African Internet Governance Forum (EAIGF) ended with the over 100 participants from the region agreeing to set up a working group constituting all the ccTLDs from the five East African countries.
The theme of the three-day conference was ‘strengthening East Africa’s Critical Internet Resources’ and was closed by Dr. David Turahi, the director Information and Communications Technology (ICT) ministry of ICT in Uganda.
Dr. Turahi said the EAIGF had identified the ICT problems and recommendations of the five countries, which would be presented to the fifth annual IGF in Vilnius, Lithunia next month.
Lillian Nalwoga, from CIPESA, the organizer of the third EAIGF will represent the EAIGF as a block at the meeting and present the deliberations and recommendations made at the EAIGF Kampala, Uganda meeting.
The EAIGF meeting recommended that ICANN pay more attention to the strengthening of country code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) especially those in Africa, which are weak and facing stiff competition from gTLDs.
The next EAIGF will be held in Kigali, Rwanda next year. Senator Wellers Gasamagera from Rwanda on the ICT committee in Parliament attended the EAIGF.

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