APTLD Board Meeting Communiqué (20 April 2017)

On 20 April 2017, the APTLD Board held its teleconference and considered a range of matters. A summary of the meeting is published in this Communiqué.

Consideration of Availability of Paul Szyndler to Serve at the Board and Appointment of a Representative

The Board considered a note received from auDA regarding the unavailability of Mr. Paul Szyndler to serve at the Board. As provided under the APTLD Constitution, the Board appointed Mr. Erhan Karabardak, an auDA representative, to fill the office thus vacated effective of May 1, 2017, and until the next Annual General Meeting due in February 2018.

Consideration of an Update on Progress in the APTLD Website Revamp Project Implementation

The Board received a GM’s update on the status of the New Website Revamp Project implementation and noted with satisfaction that it is delivered according to the pre-set timelines. The Board looks forward to the website beta version testing period.

Consideration of the Extension of the APTLD Secretariat and Accountant Contracts

The Board considered updates from GM and CNNIC on the matter and discussed a possible extension of the Secretariat Contract with CNIC for the period of 3 years and with Ms. Daphne Phan, Accountant, for 1 year. The Board suggested GM should engage with both CNNIC and Ms. Phan to enter into the respective contracts well in advance to the expiry date of both contracts.

Consideration of GM’s Update on the State and Execution of the 2017 APTLD Budget

The Board considered the update and noted with satisfaction that the 2017 Budget is executed in line with the original projections. The Board expressed concern over some members’ failure to pay their membership fees to date and suggested GM promptly address the issue.

Consideration of APTLD’s Engagement in Upcoming International Industry Meetings in the Region and Worldwide

The Board received a GM’s update on forthcoming international meetings and suggested that Vice Chair Gihan Dias should represent APTLD at the AFTLD Meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, in May 2017, with his travels co-sponsored by other organization.

The Board also considered a GM’s memorandum on engaging members in the Southern Pacific area in NetHui, an annual industry event sponsored by .NZ, and suggested that such an engagement should be considered a sub-regional capacity-building exercise and that GM should arrange and conduct a competition to award three travel slots to APTLD members in the sub-region, as prescribed by the APTLD Subregional Workshops Fellowship Policy

The Board also considered a number of other administrative matters.