As we get closer to APNIC 42, concerns have been raised by Members on APNIC-Talk and privately with the Secretariat on whether the event will still be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, following the series of attacks, primarily on local individuals.
APNIC takes the security and safety of our Members and staff seriously. The concerns were discussed overnight at the quarterly APNIC Executive Council (EC) meeting.
After much discussion and deliberation, the EC has decided to proceed with APNIC 42 in Dhaka, based on current information. The venues for the workshop and conference will now be confirmed on the website and registration will open in the coming days.
The workshops will be held in the Hotel Amari, in the Gulshan district of Dhaka, and the conference will be held at the Le Meridien Dhaka, which is close to the airport (north of Central Dhaka). Fellows for the workshop and conference will be accommodated in these two hotels as well.
As with all of APNIC’s conference locations, a close watch will be kept on the security situation in the coming months. If the level of security deteriorates, APNIC 42 could be relocated to another location. We recommend that delegates travelling to Dhaka choose flights with flexible change and cancellation policies.
We understand that some Members may not wish to attend or have company policies that could make it difficult to seek travel approval. The conference sessions will be streamed live and for those Members who cannot attend, we certainly invite you to participate remotely.
In the meantime, APNIC will continue to work closely with our hosts, ISPAB, to arrange a great conference for the community. We look forward to seeing you at APNIC 42.
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