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comments from .af ccTLD

  • To: <stratplan-2010@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: comments from .af ccTLD
  • From: "zmarialai" <zmarialai.wafa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Jan 2010 17:08:52 +0430

Dear Sir/Madam,


Thanks very much for your email. As you may know, Afghanistan only recently got 
the membership of ICANN and I must say it's an honor for us to be part of this 
esteemed family and we look forward to your continued support with us.


I read through the draft Strategy Plan and I will say it is very well designed 
and very well written. At this point, there is not much MCIT would comment on 
but there are a couple of issues I thought I would flag with you.


1) .AF ccTLD is a non-profit organization owned by the government of 
Afghanistan and managed by MCIT. Having that said and considering Afghanistan a 
Land Locked Country, I believe we will not be in a position to cover the fees 
of USD 26,000 + the 1.3% from annual profits. I would like to check with you if 
there is a way these 2 costs could be waved off from us. Our membership with 
ICANN is very important to us and we would greatly appreciate if we could be 
given any support in the regards of the 2 costs.


2) As far as the languages are concerned, just like Urdu or Persian, in Pashto 
we have 5 different types of the alphabet "ی" the Unicode for this letter are 
(06cc, 064A, 06D0, 06CD, 0226) and we imagine this will create a lot of problem 
for us in future and I would like to hear your views/suggestions on how we can 
overcome this.


That is it from .af ccTLD we once again appreciate your cooperation and support 
and I look forward to hear from you.




Zmarialai Wafa 

General Manager AfgNIC (Afghanistan Network Information Center)

Chief Security Officer AFCERT (Cyber Emergency Response Team)

Ministry of Communication and IT, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan  

(C) +93 700 28 38 68 || (O) +93 20-210 26 84 || (W)  <http://www.mcit.org.af/> 


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