ICANN has announced today that it has signed an exchange of letters with the country code top level domain (ccTLD) manager for .za-South Africa ZA DNA, and an accountability framework with the ccTLD manager for .az-Azerbaijan, IntraNS.The Accountability Framework program provides two mechanisms by which ccTLD managers can formalise their relationship with ICANN. The first is an Accountability Framework document that sets out the obligations of a ccTLD manager and ICANN. It also covers dispute resolution and termination and is designed for ccTLD managers requiring a formal document with ICANN.
The second mechanism is an exchange of letters between ICANN and the ccTLD manager designed for those for whom a simple statement of commitment is more appropriate.
Signed accountability framework and exchange of letters documents can be found at http://www.icann.org/cctlds/agreements.html.
This ICANN news release, and more information on ICANN, is available from icann.org/announcements/announcement-06mar08.htm.