The Internet Corporation For Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will be hosting a workshop on Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) from 26-27 November 2015 in Point- Noire, Congo, prior to the AFRINIC-23 meeting. Building on ICANN’s Africa Strategy, which was launched three years ago, and with the support of ICANN’s IDN program, this new workshop will focus on IDNs in the context of African languages and scripts. It will introduce the IDN Program at ICANN and the work being done by the script based Generation Panels.
The objective of this workshop is to galvanize the African community’s support and encourage them to participate in the necessary script-based work that is already underway. By contributing to this ongoing effort, participants will help promote IDNs in indigenous African scripts (e.g. Ethiopic) and the use of Latin script for African languages.
Participants are expected to actively contribute to the discussions during the workshop, and are expected to volunteer for script-based panels – Latin or other scripts – that may be set up to support African scripts. Language
|Day 1: November 26|
|08:30 – 09:00||Opening ceremony|
|09:00 – 09:30||Presentation I : Languages and scripts and their use in Africa||Toussaint Tchitchi|
|09:30 – 10:15||Presentation II : Status of Localization support for African languages||Dwayne Bailey|
|10:15 – 10:45||Pause – cafe|
|10:45 – 11:30||Presentation III : Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) at ICANN||Sarmad Hussain|
|11:30 – 12:30||Presentation IV : World Report on IDNs||tbd|
|12:30 – 13:00||Presentation V : IDN initiatives and experiences from Africa||Tarik Mergani|
|13:00 – 14:00||LUNCH|
|14:00 – 14:45||Presentation VI : Challenge in documenting script use in Africa for LGR||Meikal Mumin|
|14:45 – 15:30||Presentation VII : Universal acceptance||tbd|
|15:30 – 16:00||BREAK|
|16 :00 – 17 :00||Panel I : Scripts in Africa and need of African community to participate in IDN panels Moderator : Pierre Dandjinou/Sarmad Hussain||Pierre Dandjinou/Sarmad Hussain Basile Ngassaki,
Pierre Ouedraogo, Solomon Teferra,
|Day 2: November 27|
|09:00 – 09:30||Presentation VIII: IDNs and root zone by Naela Serras||Naela Serras|
|09:30 – 10:15||Presentation IX: Latin LGR panel and relevance to Africa||Meikal Mumin|
|10:15 – 10:45||Break|
|10:45 – 12:15||Panel II: Involving African Community to contribute to the script panels to support IDNs; Moderated by Pierre Dandjinou||Meikal Mumin, Toussaint Tchitchi,
Abraham Ndinga Mbo, Mouhamet Diop
|12:15 – 12:45||Next steps in engaging African community||Pierre Dandjinou
|12:45 – 13:00||Concluding ceremony||Pierre Dandjinou|
|13:00||End of the workshop|
The Republic of the Congo (French: République du Congo), also known as Congo Republic, , is a countrylocated in Central Africa. It is bordered by five countries: Gabon to the west; Cameroon to the northwest; the Central African Republic to the northeast; the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the east and south; and the Angolan exclave of Cabinda to the southwest.
French is the official language in Congo. English and French are the workshop languages, as translation and interpretation services will be provided during the workshop
The Workshop will be held at ELAIS Hotel in Pointe-Noire on November 26-27, 2015
Franc CFA (code: XAF) is the currency in Congo.
A valid passport and visa are required. A few countries (list below) are exempt from visa.
A visa fee of 30 000 CFA or approx. 50 USD (revenue stamp) will apply to delegates who need a visa to travel to Congo.
Visa requirements are subject to change. We advise delegates to check with the Congolese Embassy regarding entry and visa requirements.
More information on visa at ttps://meeting.afrinic.net/afrinic-23/en/travel-kit
The only mandatory vaccination is the Yellow Fever vaccine. The Yellow Fever vaccine needs to be less than 10 years old in order for it to be valid. Other vaccinations that are recommended are: Typhoid Fever, viral Hepatitis A and B, Meningococcal Meningitis, Rabies, and DTP.
All ICANN sponsored participants will be staying at ELAIS HOTEL