HKIRC Awarded the Contract for Operating the APTLD Secretariat

Hong Kong, 6 July 2009 - Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation Limited (HKIRC) is delighted to announce its taking up of the operation of the Secretariat of Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Association (APTLD), starting from 1 July 2009.

APTLD is an organisation for country-code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) registries in Asia Pacific region. HKIRC submitted its proposal to operate the APTLD Secretariat and was awarded the contract amidst rigorous competitions from other registries in the region.

The new HKIRC role as APTLD Secretariat will last until 30 June 2011. Previously, the Secretariat is run by the ‘.nz’ domain name registry InternetNZ.

In the notification by APTLD, General Manager Mr Ramesh Kumar Nadarajah said that they were gratified to have an excellent proposal from HKIRC for consideration. Although several very competitive proposals were received, the contract for operating the secretariat was awarded to HKIRC after thorough consideration and rigorous discussion among members on the selection panel.

“As the custodian of a critical Internet Infrastructure in Hong Kong, we are happy to play an increasingly important role in the Asia Pacific region. HKIRC will start right away once the transition from InternetNZ is concluded. We are very confident in taking over the responsibility and we will continue with the good work done so far in the next two years, together with APTLD advancing to a new level,” said Mr Jonathan Shea, CEO of HKIRC.

HKIRC will take an active role in APTLD’s promotional and educational outreach programmes to Asia Pacific ccTLDs and other international Internet organisations. The secretariat will also provide administrative and financial reporting services for APTLD and its activities, and respond to enquiries concerning APTLD.

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Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation Limited (HKIRC) is a not-for-profit, non-statutory, company limited by guarantee designated by the Government of the HKSAR to undertake the administration of Internet domain names under the '.hk' country code top level domain. HKIRC provides registration services for the English domain names ending with ‘.com.hk’, ‘.org.hk’, ‘.net.hk’, ‘.edu.hk’, ‘.gov.hk’, ‘.idv.hk’, ‘.hk’ and Chinese domain names ending with ‘.公司.hk’, ‘.組織.hk’, ‘.網絡.hk’, ‘.教育.hk’, ‘.政府.hk’, ‘.個人.hk’, ‘.hk’, and other domains to be introduced from time to time in Hong Kong.

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