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Breaking News: The long wait for .AFRICA is over. Welcome dotAfrica! http://nic.africa More details to follow soon.

The African Union (AU) strongly believes that the introduction of the dotAfrica TLD will create an attractive regional home for the Pan-African Internet community. As the first sponsored registry to be operating from Africa and, therefore, serving the specific needs of its communities, dotAfrica will echo ongoing operation and the successes of other sister community TLDs such as dotEu (dotEuropa) and dotAsia that have created a new Internet identity for their users and businesses which seek more regional presence without being confined within the limits of one country.

In view of the needs expressed by the African community at large, and in order to fast track the launch and operation of dotAfrica, the Extraordinary Session of the African Union Conference of Ministers in charge of Communications and Information Technologies (CITMC) held in Johannesburg acknowledged the benefits of the dotAfrica domain name to Africa and adopted a resolution (The Oliver Tambo Declaration) to "Establish dotAfrica as a continental Top-Level Domain for use by organizations, businesses and individuals with guidance from African Internet agencies".

Following the endorsement of The Olivier Tambo Declaration by the Head of States and Governments Summit in January 2010, the African Ministers in charge of Communication and Information Technologies who met at the Third Ordinary Session of the African Union Conference of Ministers in charge of Communication and Information Technologies in Abuja (The Abuja Declaration), Federal Republic of Nigeria, from 6 - 7 August 2010, requested the AU to "Set up the structure and modalities for the Implementation of the DotAfrica project."

 

The AU's Open Process for the establishment of dotAfrica

To implement the decision of the African Ministers in charge of Communication and Information Technologies, the AU set up a task force composed of eminent African experts in the domain.

Following the recommendation of the task force, the AU opted to adopt an open process through which;

i) the AU applied for the operation of dotAfrica during the next round of the new GTLds through ICANN in June 2011,

ii) Launched a call for tender through which an entity was to be selected to operate the dotAfrica domain on behalf of member states.

In giving effect to this request the AU, through an open and transparent tender process, has appointed UniForum SA (the .ZA Central Registry) to be the registry provider for the dotAfrica TLD.

 

Read an official Communique on the African Union website

http://www.au.int/en/dotAfrica%20gTLD