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Communiqué of the World Wide Alliance of ccTLD Managers meetings in Mar del Plata, Argentina, 3rd April 2005

5 April 2005

Over 50 delegates, representing 35 ccTLD registry managers from all ICANN's geographical regions, met in Mar del Plata, Argentina, to discuss several topics of mutual interest on the occasion of the wwTLD meeting, which was kindly hosted by LACTLD, with the support of and VeriSign.

All presentations have been posted on the wwTLD web site at

The meeting opened with a view to different domain name policy models, then providing participants with some interesting facts and figures related to registries that experienced domain names growth at different levels. All speakers agreed that it is always necessary to maintain close contacts with the Local Internet Community, the registrars and registrant to cope with the challenges of big growth.

The following sections were dedicated to: risk management, highlighting the possible risks a registry can face and the work the Council of European National Top Level Domains, CENTR, has done so far, creating a working group to draft a template tool that can help registries in the evaluation of the risks connected to their activities; and the WGIG-WSIS process where some registries have already contributed with some inputs.

The meeting ended with presentations by the Cuban and Brazilian registries, followed by a survey of the domain name market trends that showed a continuous growth of registrations and renewals in the last quarter of 2004, when the total number of domain names registered worldwide reached 71,4 millions, with a 18% increase compared to 2003.

Oscar Robles (LACTLD) drew the meeting to a close, thanking the participants, the meeting organizational committee and the sponsors. The next meeting will be held in conjunction with the ICANN 2005 meeting in Luxembourg. A provisional agenda will be released by the beginning of June.

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