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APTLD and PICISOC Form Strategic Partnership, Promote Outreach and Awareness- Raising in the Pacific

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20 February 2020


The
Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Association (APTLD) and the Pacific Islands Chapter of the
Internet Society (PICISOC) have formally launched a partnership by signing a
MoU at the opening of APTLD’s 77
th Members Meeting and AGM in
Melbourne, Australia.

The
MoU was signed on February 20, 2020, with the aim of building a strategic
partnership to explore possible areas of cooperation in the field of outreach
and engagement of, and building capacity for ccTLD managers across the Pacific
Countries and Territories.

The
agreement will promote collaboration and exchange of
good practices between APTLD and PICISOC in the interest of the internet-user
community in the Pacific and establish the framework for cooperative activities
for the Signatories’ benefit.

Leonid Todorov, APTLD General Manager said, ‘This partnership will
establish cooperation in promoting capacity, especially in the field of ccTLD
management by sharing expertise and knowledge for training courses and
seminars; exchange information and experience in championing the Internet and
Internet resources in the local community’.

He further said ‘PICISOC has been a key player in the Pacific region and we
believe this partnership will allow us to collaborate in holding public
activities, both offline and online, aiming at education and awareness raising
among the At-Large community and ccTLD managers in the Pacific.’

‘We
are excited to partner with APTLD,’ said Anju Mangal, Vice Chair of PICISOC
Board. ‘This partnership will unlock full potential for our members and ccTLD
managers and together we will be able to efficiently run outreach activities
and capacity building programmes for our stakeholders across the Pacific.’

Ms
Cherie Lagakali of PICISOC board said, ‘APTLD and PICISOC will work in tandem to
address their members’ needs and bring together expertise and skills in
Internet and technology development’.

As
an indication of commitment to the partnership, PICISOC in collaboration with
APTLD will team up with other key partners such as InternetNZ, an APTLD’s
founding member, to facilitate the APTLD meeting in Fiji in September 2021.

As
they move into this new partnership, APTLD and PICISOC will aim to support
their members by facilitating dissemination, impact, promote the collaboration,
and ultimately sharing of knowledge and good practices and innovative
organizational-specific solutions.

The
joint efforts will support the continued expansion of APTLD and PICISOC across
the Pacific

About APTLD and PICISOC

Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Association (APTLD) – Founded in 1998 as a
non-profit entity and incorporated in Malaysia, APTLD is an organization for ccTLD (country-code Top Level
Domain) registries in the Asia Pacific region.

Pacific Islands Chapter of
the
Internet Society (PICISOC) – The Pacific Islands Chapter of the Internet Society is a chapter that
represents the interests of users in the Oceania Pacific region. It focuses on
local issues and developments in the Pacific region, and seeks to provide
impartial advice to governments and the public on Internet-related matters that
are relevant to Pacific Island people.

For
more information, please contact Mr. Leonid Todorov, General Manager, APTLD –
l.todorov@aptld.org or Ms. Anju Mangal Vice Chair of PICISOC Board, anjuvulamangal@gmail.com

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