14 September 2017
Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Association is pleased to announce the signing of Memorandum of Understanding with the Réseaux IP Européens Network Coordination Centr (RIPE NCC), a leading Regional Internet Registry servicing Europe and Middle East.
The signing ceremony took place before 120 participants in the opening of the 72nd Meeting of APTLD Members, which is held in Tbilisi, the capital city of the Republic of Georgia and home to ITDC, a local IDN ccTLD registry and an APTLD Member, which hosts the Meeting.
"The signing of the MoU is a milestone development for APTLD. Both RIPE and APTLD deal with management of Internet resources. With our Association consistently expanding across the Middle East and Eurasia, teaming up with RIPE NCC will enable APTLD to and benefit from its extensive expertise and proven operational excellence in the region. Likewise, RIPE NCC is poised to build on APTLD's high profile and exposure across a vast region where our remits and operation overlap. This win-win collaboration should certainly propel the Internet's advancement and benefit local end-users across the region" – said Lim Choon Sai, the APTLD Board Chair.
“The RIPE NCC is very happy to be solidifying our partnership with APTLD. As membership organisations, we share a common interest in serving the growing Internet community in Western Asia,” said Axel Pawlik, Managing Director of the RIPE NCC. "This is certainly not the beginning of our work together, but we look forward to strengthening our cooperation, particularly in developing and delivering training and capacity building for our respective members and our shared community"- added Axel Pawlik.
Established in 1998, APTLD is a non-governmental nonprofit membership-based Association for country-code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) registries in the Asia Pacific region, whose mission lies in improving co-ordination and exchange of information, knowledge and expertise within Asia-Pacific in relation to domain name registry issues; fostering and promoting strong participation by its members in regional and international forums; and promoting stability and continuity in the Internet domain names system.
The MoU with the RIPE NCC is now a part of the APTLD’s portfolio of MoUs with other industry organizations, including ICANN and APNIC, which further cements the APTLD’s standing as a key element of the regional and global Internet Governance ecosystem.