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African Internet community pays tribute to Dr Tarek Kamel, seeks 100 signatures - ITREALMS

The Africa Internet technical community is seeking 100 signatures in honour of Dr Tarek Kamel as tribute to many of his pioneering efforts on the continent, reports ITREALMS.

Kamel, a former Senior Advisor to the president of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), remained the first African to be appointed in that capacity.

“Our goal is to reach 100 signatures and we need more support,” the organisers of the tribute said.

They also urged people to read more about Kamel and sign the petition.

As at the time of filing this report, ITREALMS gathered that over 30 signatures have endorsed the tribute.

ITREALMS recalls that Tarek was a member of the Internet Society (ISOC) Board of Trustees and vice president for his chapter between 1999 and 2002.

A founding member and former board member of Africa Network Information Centre (AfriNIC), Kamel acted as Chairman, Executive Bureau of Arab Telecommunications and Information Council of Ministers from 2004 to 2008 and the Chairman of the Ministerial Conference on Communication and Information Technologies of the African Union from 2006 to 2008.

Based on his leadership in the ICT sector, the South African Ministry of Communications named Kamel in 2005, the "Top Minister in Africa with an ICT Portfolio.”

In August 2012 ICANN appointed Kamel to serve as a senior advisor to its president, making him the first national of a developing country to fill one of ICANN's senior management posts.

This is coming as African Internet community also plans to host a session on Kamel’s honour during the forthcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN66) in Montreal, Canada.

The AGM is slated for between November 2 through 7, 2019.

Chuks Egbuna/Editor

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