African countries create own internet domain

APA-Mbabane (Swaziland)

African countries on Tuesday created an internet domain fully owned by African countries, which they named DotAfrica, APA can report on Wednesday.

This happened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at the 29th ordinary session of the African Union Assembly.
“DotAfrica will bring the continent together as an internet community under one umbrella and create an opportunity to forge a unique online identity which will associate products, services and or information with the continent and the people of Africa,” read a communiqué.
The domain 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.
It was said that the objective of the launch was to mark the commencement of the DotAfrica operational phase by setting up a road show starting at the AU headquarters.
The idea of DotAfrica was conceived in 2000 when some African internet professionals argued that DotAfrica should be operated by Africans for the benefit of the entire continent.


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