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Latest update: dotAfrica Launch Plan approved, Sunrise Phase commences on 4 April, 2017

 

Official documentation and other related resources to the dotAfrica campaign.

Government Declarations & Communications

The Oliver Tambo Declaration [5 November 2009] The Oliver Tambo Declaration

 [5 November 2009] Report Of The Experts Session (CITMC)

The Abuja Declaration [7 August 2010] The Abuja Declaration

dotAfrica Initial Evaluation Result [21 October 2011] The Dakar Declaration

dotAfrica Initial Evaluation Result [20 July 2015] UNECA letter to AUC clarifying government support 

dotAfrica Initial Evaluation Result [4 September 2015] The Addis Ababa Declaration 

 

Presentations

BRIEFING NOTE ON .AFRICAdotAfrica media presentation

 

Useful information

BRIEFING NOTE ON .AFRICAWhat is Africa Strategy Working Group?

New to Domain Names?New to Domain Names? Read this Beginners Guide to Domain Names prepared by ICANN.

 

Policy

Government Reserved Name Policy for .Africa Government Reserved Name Policy (Final Version)

Briefing Note on .AFRICA (AUC) [12 May 2011] African Union (AU) Briefing Note on .AFRICA (dotAfrica)

GAC Communiqué - Durban, South Africa [12 May 2011] African Union (AU) Clarification Note on .AFRICA (dotAfrica)

GAC Communiqué - Durban, South Africa [17 May 2011] African Union (AU) Expression of Interest (EOI) for the operation of the .AFRICA (dotAfrica) gTLD

GAC Communiqué - Durban, South Africa [10 November 2011] African Union (AU) Call for Proposals (RFP) for the operation of the .AFRICA (dotAfrica) gTLD

BRIEFING NOTE ON .AFRICA [4 April 2012] African Union's Letter of Appointment to the ZACR

GAC Communiqué - Durban, South Africa [5 April 2012] African Union (AU) Communique .AFRICA (dotAfrica) gTLD

GAC Communiqué - Beijing, China [13 August 2012] African Union (AU) Communique on the implementation of the .AFRICA (dotAfrica) TLD 

GAC Communiqué - Beijing, China [2 July 2013African Union (AU) Letter of support for the .Africa (dotAfrica) TLD application

GAC Communiqué - Beijing, China [2 June 2014] African Union (AU) letter to ICANN regarding IRP

GAC Communiqué - Beijing, China [14 July 2015] African Union (AU) letter from Dr. Elham M.A. Ibrahim to Steve Crocker re: Independent Review Panel (IRP)

GAC Communiqué - Beijing, China [31 July 2015] African Union (AU) Communiqué on the declaration of the IRP

GAC Communiqué - Beijing, China [29 September 2015] African Union (AU) letter to ICANN (GNP) clarifying government support for .AFRICA TLD

GAC (Government Advisory Committee) Communications

GAC Communiqué - Durban, South Africa [20 November 2012] GAC Early Warning against DCA Applciation (submitted by AUC)

GAC Communiqué - Durban, South Africa [20 November 2012] GAC Early Warning against DCA Applciation (submitted by Govt. of the Comoros)

GAC Communiqué - Durban, South Africa [20 November 2012] GAC Early Warning against DCA Applciation (submitted by Govt. of the Kenya)

GAC Communiqué - Durban, South Africa [20 November 2012] GAC Early Warning against DCA Applciation (submitted by Govt. of the Cameroon)

GAC Communiqué - Durban, South Africa [20 November 2012] GAC Early Warning against DCA Applciation (submitted by Govt. of the DRC)

GAC Communiqué - Durban, South Africa [20 November 2012] GAC Early Warning against DCA Applciation (submitted by Govt. of the Benin)

GAC Communiqué - Durban, South Africa [20 November 2012] GAC Early Warning against DCA Applciation (submitted by Govt. of the Egypt)

GAC Communiqué - Durban, South Africa [20 November 2012] GAC Early Warning against DCA Applciation (submitted by Govt. of the Gabon)

GAC Communiqué - Durban, South Africa [20 November 2012] GAC Early Warning against DCA Applciation (submitted by Govt. of the Burkina Faso)

GAC Communiqué - Durban, South Africa [20 November 2012] GAC Early Warning against DCA Applciation (submitted by Govt. of the Ghana)

GAC Communiqué - Durban, South Africa [20 November 2012] GAC Early Warning against DCA Applciation (submitted by Govt. of the Morocco)

GAC Communiqué - Durban, South Africa [20 November 2012] GAC Early Warning against DCA Applciation (submitted by Govt. of the Mali)

GAC Communiqué - Durban, South Africa [20 November 2012] GAC Early Warning against DCA Applciation (submitted by Govt. of the Uganda)

GAC Communiqué - Durban, South Africa [20 November 2012] GAC Early Warning against DCA Applciation (submitted by Govt. of the Senegal)

GAC Communiqué - Durban, South Africa [20 November 2012] GAC Early Warning against DCA Applciation (submitted by Govt. of the South Africa)

GAC Communiqué - Durban, South Africa [20 November 2012] GAC Early Warning against DCA Applciation (submitted by Govt. of the Nigeria)

GAC Communiqué - Durban, South Africa [20 November 2012] GAC Early Warning against DCA Applciation (submitted by Govt. of the Tanzania)

GAC Communiqué - Beijing, China [11 April 2013] GAC Communiqué - Beijing, China (Consensus GAC Advice against the DCA Application)

GAC Communiqué - Beijing, China [18 July 2013] GAC Communiqué - Durban, South Africa (GAC Advice on protection of GeoTLDs in future application rounds)

GAC Communiqué - Durban, South Africa [25 June 2014] GAC Communiqué - London, United Kingdom (Timely communication and prioritisation of ZACR Application)

GAC Communiqué - Durban, South Africa [16 October 2014] GAC Communiqué - Los Angeles, United States (Protection of Geographic TLDs)

GAC Communiqué - Durban, South Africa [1 December 20156] GAC Response to the ICANN Board on the DCA vs ICANN IRP (dotAfrica Outcomes and Government Involvement)

Miscellaneous

New to Domain Names?African Union Commission: Letter of Gratitude for 2013 ICT Week participation

 

Independant Review Process

Please refer here for documents and resources pertaining to the IRP matter for the dotAfrica gTLD

Frequently Asked Questions

Ask your Domain Registrar or ISP about dotAfrica domain registrations. You may wish to participate in Sunrise if you have any rights to the name. Find a dotAfrica Domain Registrar here.

For the latest status updates, please visit dotafrica.org.

The .africa TLD will be launched in two phases, namely:

  • Sunrise and Landrush. For the Sunrise phase, trademark & brand names will be the priority. Landrush applications are usually for premium or sought-after domain names.
  • General Availability: This is the general open registration and continuous operations phase.

If you are a trademark holder ICANN prescribes a process, which we as the Registry Operator need to follow to ensure that genuine trademarks are protected and sold to the valid entity. The trademark holder will need to register their trademarks with the ICANN Trademark Clearing House or the Mark Validation System.

This will depend on individual Registrar pricing, in which launch phase you register the domain and if the domain is a premium name or not.

There are various protection mechanisms and policies, which the Registry Operator needs to adhere to and we are also bound by ICANN to make these policies part of our operations.

The various policies include:

  • Rights Protection Policies
  • Dispute Resolutions
  • Sunrise Policy
  • Landrush Policies, etc

See the Policy menu item above for more information.

Pre-registration .africa domain names will not be possible. Any application submitted during the dotAfrica Sunrise phase must have a corresponding validation token (SMD) in order to obtain the highest possible priority allocation.

If an applicant wants to secure the best possible claim to a domain name application during the launch, it must be associated with a pre-validated trade mark in either the TMCH or MVS. Without this a claim to the corresponding domain name is relegated to lesser priority status. The official way in which you can best secure your rights to a name in the new .africa namespace would be through the pre-validation of a registered mark.

See the MVS at www.markvalidation.com for more information.

For more detailed information on the launch program with the anticipated timelines, click here. If you have any rights to the .africa domain/s name you want, you should apply during Sunrise.

dotAfrica is the new Top Level Domain (TLD) for the African continent: It is an African initiative created by Africans for Africans and the worldwide audience of companies, organisations and individuals interested in, associated with and connected with the African community and markets.

The dotAfrica initiative is fully endorsed by the African Union (AU) and has widespread support across the continent - from African governments, the business sector, civil society and the technical community. dotAfrica is led by a multi-stakeholder Steering Committee from across the continent.

Benefits of a dotAfrica TLD

  • Identify with the continent.
  • Showcase your brand and commitment to Africa's growth and development.
  • Expand your footprint and influence in the region.
  • Establish a home for Africa-specific services, products and information.
  • Acquire valuable online reale-state in a fast-growing high potential market.
  • Secure and protect your Intellectual Proerty Rights (IP).
  • Participate in Africa's online renaissance.