auDA and APTLD commit to assist Timor-Leste in a ground-breaking capacity building project in the Pacific region

Posted by auDA on 18 July 2017

auDA (.au Domain Administration Ltd) together with the Government of Timor-Leste and APTLD (Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Association) are today pleased to announce the signing of a ground-breaking joint venture between the parties. Together, these three organisations have agreed to work toward and assist the further development of the .tl ccTLD, its policies and functions.

auDA have committed to assisting Timor-Leste to create a vision, strategy and policies as well as a capacity and technology project for .tl As part of the scope this project will consider building capacity for a robust and sustainable ccTLD to benefit the Timor-Leste people, including looking at the operational development of the registry.

auDA has pledged to provide the project funding and to support the engagement of industry expert, Samantha Dickinson, to lead the project on the ground.

The CEO of auDA, Cameron Boardman said – “we have been in discussions with APTLD and Timor-Leste since my first APTLD meeting in late 2016 around how best we can support our Pacific neighbours through capacity building. Today marks the realisation of our successful engagement with Eng. Nicolau Santos Celestino, Director of Information and Technology in Timor-Leste and APTLD to provide a knowledge and expertise sharing initiative to enhance the ccTLD community within the region. We hope this will be the start of many other, similar joint ventures across the APTLD network.”

Eng. Gastao Francisco de Sousa – Minister for Public Works, Transport and Communications said - ”we realise that together, Timor-Leste and auDA are opening a new page in the history of traditionally friendly relations between the two nations and launch a unique exercise for the region. It is therefore our duty to lead by example and deliver on the ambitious agenda so that to further benefit our immediate neighbours and community members across the region.”

And APTLD's GM agreed that “the project adds a new dimension to our activities with a leading APTLD member committed to deliver genuine capacity building and technical assistance to another, thereby demonstrating APTLD members’ institutional maturity, commitment to common values, and eagerness to jointly address challenges facing some ccTLD registries in Asia Pacific.”

We look forward to sharing progress on this fantastic project, for the benefit Timor-Leste internet using community and will report back of time.