AFRALO held a very successful showcase event at the ICANN meeting in Nairobi, Kenya on March 7th, 2010. Speakers included ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom, AFRALO Chair Fatimata Seye Sylla, African Internet Pioneer Dr. Nii Quaynor, AFRALO Vice-Chair Tijani Ben Jemaa, ALAC Chair Cheryl Langdon-Orr and ALS representative Baudouin Schombe.
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The idea to organize an AFRALO outreach event at the ICANN meeting in Nairobi, Kenya in March 2010 was born during the ICANN Annual General Meeting in Seoul, South Korea in October 2009.
With the recent signing of the Affirmation of Commitments (AoC), ICANN committed itself to the principle of global participation and the Nairobi Outreach Event is seen as an important step to increase ICANN's profile in the region and to draw new participants into its policy processes.
Following the Meeting in Seoul, members of AFRALO and the ALAC Executive Committee agreed to form a working group to draft a project proposal and schedule and to find sponsoring sources outside of ICANN.
The original proposal for the Nairobi Outreach event consisted of training sessions, group exercises and a regional showcase. Due to time and resource constraints, it was decided to focus on the regional showcase event in Nairobi. The AFRALO Outreach Working Groups plans to organize the capacity building exercises during one of the coming ICANN meetings.