Pan Asia Networking is an initiative of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), a public corporation created by the Parliament of Canada to help researchers and communities in the developing world find solutions to their social, economic and environmental problems. PAN funds a wide range of projects through its PAN R&D; Grants. One of the grants was the Internationalization of Domain Names (IDN) project at the National University of Singapore in conjunction with the Asia Pacific Networking Group (APNG), the project which eventually became the precursor of MINC.
The Multilingual Internet Names Consortium was formed in 2000 to promote and coordinate the development and deployment of multilingual Internet names. This includes the coordination of Internationalized Domain Names (IDN). MINC membership includes industry stakeholders, software and technology vendors, solutions providers, registries, registrars, government agencies, companies, internet associations. MINC’s strength comes from its strong links with language groups which are experts in their languages and scripts, as well as its wide breadth of liaison and coordination with international and regional organisations such as ICANN, ITU, WIPO, GAC, CDNC, CLINC, JDNA, INFITT etc, either directly or through its board members or membership.