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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Kenya reaffirms commitment to host successful IGF 2011

Remmy Nweke in San Francisco, United States

The Kenyan government has reaffirmed its commitment to host a successful forthcoming Internet Governance Forum (IGF) which has been slated to hold in Nairobi in September this year.

The chairman of the Communications Commission of Kenya, Mr. Phillip Okundi, gave this commitment during the Internet Governance Forum session which held at the on-going 40th public meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, United States.

The prayer of Kenyans, he said, is that the IGF 2011 must be a success as it’s the first to be held after the global extension of IGF platform for another five years.

“It would succeed and it’s the first session after the extension of the second phase of IGF was agreed,” he said.

Okundi noted that Kenyans are known for their hospitality and promised participants in the IGF 2011 of a good hospitality

“Come and participate,” he declared, even as he noted that in Kenya, plans are up to have the East African community behind the hosting right as well as the business community.

Also speaking at the session presided over by Mr. Bill Grahams, senior official of the Communications Commission of Kenya, Ms Alice Munyua said that the date for 2011 IGF in Kenya has been scheduled for September 27 through 30 at the United Nations conference centre.

This, she said, was to assured of the smooth hosting and worthy of the nation’s image as well as the continent.

Kenya, has been encouraging to organize IGF preparatory meetings in East African countries and this year, it would include the youths.

She also said that there would also be a session for the legislators with the youths as part of mentorship initiative and to ensure that legislators are carried along.

She noted that IGF meeting in Nairobi would dwell on the Internet as agent for change, access, security and development theme for IGF 2011.

Introducing the session earlier, the chairman, Mr. Grahams said that the session is a continuation of Internet governance dialogue at ICANN meetings and an opportunity to update ICANN stakeholders on what is going on at the IGF, as well as to hear their views on relevant subject matters.

ITRealms Online noted that by the time this session was held Monday the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) Working Group on IGF improvements had started its work.

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