Public Forum Statements

DCA Comment to the ICANN Public Forum in Toronto

October 23, 2012

Sophia Bekele at ICANN Public Forum DCA participated at the recent held ICANN public Forum in Toronto Canada on October 23rd 2012 and used the opportunity afforded by the presence of the entire ICANN Global Community gathered at Toronto to also unveil the IBCA – Internet Business Council for Africa – initiative that it has independently developed as a component of the ICANN Africa Strategy.
The objective of the IBCA is to increase and promote the participation of the African Private Sector, and the Africa/Global non-governmental constituency (involved in Africa) in the ICANN community and in Global Internet Governance.

Public Forum Statement Link Click Here and Audio Link : Here


DCA Statement to ICANN Public Forum in Dakar

October 27, 2011

DCA participated in the recent ICANN Public Forum organized on Thursday 27th October 2011 and used the opportunity to express its opinion on a range of issues that are of concern to the ICANN global and African publics. Read More

Public Forum statement link:…/dakar2011/transcript-publicforum and in PDF Format

Also here :

ICANN Public Forum


DCA statement to ICANN public forum, Cartegena.

December 2010:

At the public forum held on new gTLDs, 8 December 2010, DotConnectAfrica made the following statement to the Board of ICANN and the participating public. Given that the public forum is limited two minutes, DCA has submitted to ICANN for full version of the statement; for public posting and references. Read More

“Greeting Mr. Chair, Distinguished Board and Participants. A great thank you, also to the local hosts and organizers of this meetings. It has gone all well.” Read More


The .Africa project announced at public forum in Paris!

June 2008 – Paris, France

Hotel de Ville speech by Chairman of ICANNMs. Sophia Bekele, Executive Director of .Africa and former policy advisor to ICANN, was present at the public forum in Paris to present the .Africa project status her organization and her team has been working on, to the ICANN Board. She stressed that her team has been very active in voicing the public positions of .Africa in ICANN’s key activities, and they are very pleased with the endorsements they are receiving from key regional organizations in Africa . “When we initiated this project back in 2006, we got consensus from key Africans within ICANN and participants, so as not to duplicate efforts. We got the go-ahead”.Read More: .africa announced at ICANN Public Forum Paris 2008


ICANN Los Angeles 2007

June 2007
Sophia Bekele left, congratulating Peter Dengate Thrush, the New Zealand lawyer, who has been elected unanimously as the new Chairman of the Board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.. (ICANN), “I am delighted that my colleagues have placed their confidence in me for this challenging and important role,” Dengate Thrush said.


Farewell to Vint Cerf-ICANN Los Angeles

Dr. Vint Cerf, Founder of the Internet & VP Internet Evangelist Google, Sophia Bekele, ICANN GNSO Board Member, CEO CBS International Read More

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