ICANN and ETDA Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Promote Collaboration on Translation

ICANN logo[news release] ICANN signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Electronic Transactions Development Agency (ETDA) of Thailand today to forge an alliance fostering collaboration on translation.

Under the cooperative agreement, ICANN and ETDA will coordinate and collaborate to identify and translate ICANN materials into Thai for the local community. This will ensure that relevant content is accessible to the Thai community.

“This MoU is another step forward in ICANN‘s globalization efforts, as we work with local communities to help address the language needs of markets where English is not the main language. Together, we can help to overcome any language barriers and ensure that this is not an impediment to participation in ICANN and our policy development processes,” said Fadi Chehadé, ICANN President and Chief Executive Officer.

The MoU was formalized and signed at ICANN‘s 54th Public Meeting in Dublin, Ireland, between Fadi Chehadé and ETDA Chief Executive Officer Surangkana Wayuparb.

“This collaboration aligns with our national strategy to be a digital economy society by 2017. It reduces the digital divide of our Thai community due to the language barrier. It also enhances our community’s capacity, enabling us to participate in global discussions more effectively once the language barrier is broken down. We believe this will be one of the game changers for the future of local Thai community engagement,” said Surangkana.

Kuek Yu-Chuang, Vice President and Managing Director for ICANN Asia Pacific also commented, “ETDA is a close partner with the ICANN Asia Pacific Hub. They are also a proponent of the multistakeholder model in Thailand, playing a leading role in establishing the Thai Internet Governance Forum, as well as bringing together Thai experts to form a Thai Label Generation Panel. Our relationship is further strengthened and concretized by this MoU.”

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