On Tuesday 24th January, in Nairobi Kenya, NiRA brokered deeper relationships with the signing of the Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) with KeNIC, the manager and administrator of Kenya’s country code Top-Level Domain Name (.ke ccTLD) and African Network Information Center (AFRINIC) Ltd.
The Memorandum of Understanding with AFRINIC creates an accessibility to International IPv6 certification for Nigerian System and Network Engineers, and provides the opportunity for Nigeria to increase the number of internationally recognised and skilled IPv6 engineers.
The MOU with KeNIC specifies the mutual rights and obligations of the Parties to foster a working Registry Relationship to enable Accredited Registrars under both Registries to provide Registrar services and associated services for prospective applicants/registrant.
The cooperation will give NiRA Accredited Registrars the opportunity to register domain names directly in the Kenyan Registry, pay in their local curThe cooperation will give NiRA Accredited Registrars the opportunity to register domain names directly in the Kenyan Registry, pay in their local currency and vice versa. The MOU should boost the quantity of domain names registered at both registries and also have a positive impact on the domain name business in Africa.
Nigerians will be able to register (locally) domains such as amasi.ke, fola.ke, aji.ke, nwazuri.ke, asha.ke, tinu.ke, uzodi.ke, fun.ke, ki.ke, chigo.ke, ron.ke, rola.ke, ugho.ke, adeni.ke, olani.ke etc which are all within the Kenyan name spaces. The MOU should boost the quantity of domain names registered at both registries and also have a positive impact on the domain name business in Africa.
The signing ceremony happened at the tail end of the ICANN Government Advisory Committee (GAC) Africa Workshop in Nairobi, Kenya. It was witnessed by key players within the African and Global Internet Community, including the President/CEO of ICANN- Goran Marby, Internet Pioneer - Prof. Nii Quaynor, representing the African Internet Community, Immediate Past President NIRA – Mrs. Mary Uduma, NIRA Board of Trustees member – Emmanuel Edet, NIRA's Financial Secretary – Sikiru Shehu, NiRA's Chief Operating Officer Edith Udeagu and AFRINIC Board/ICANN ALAC member Seun Ojedeji.