In the past week, the escalation of violence in Bangladesh has caused concerns in the APNIC community about the safety of attending APNIC 42 in Dhaka. Travel advisories for Bangladesh from various governments around the region have become stricter, making it difficult or impossible for many APNIC community members and guests to attend the meeting.
The APNIC Executive Council (EC) met yesterday to discuss these concerns, and made the very difficult decision to relocate APNIC 42. The new location, final dates and venue for the meeting will be announced shortly.
The decision was made after deep consideration, and consultation with our Bangladesh hosts ISPAB and BDNOG. Both organizations have been exemplary hosts and the APNIC EC and Secretariat wish to sincerely thank ISPAB and BDNOG for their steadfast support. They responded very quickly to recent events in an effort to demonstrate and guarantee security, and we greatly appreciate that effort. Like ISPAB and BDNOG, APNIC is deeply disappointed that the decision to relocate had to be made.
We are working to ensure the conference can remain in the South Asia region, and to announce the new arrangements as soon as possible, within the next week.
We do also apologize for any inconvenience this change in location will cause for APNIC 42 delegates, including those from Bangladesh. All registrations already made by delegates for Dhaka will of course remain valid for APNIC 42.
A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page regarding the relocation is now available on the APNIC 42 website.
The APNIC 42 website and this FAQ will be updated regularly with new information on the event. Please check the conference website, the APNIC Blog and APNIC social media for updates; and thank you in advance for your patience as we confirm the new arrangements.
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