ICANN okays .Africa top level domain registration process

Following a special meeting conveyed last week, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has resolved to continue the process of evaluating DotConnectAfrica Trust’s (DCA’s) application for the .AFRICA new generic top-level domain.

After an emergency directors’ meeting, the body agreed it will:

  • Continue to refrain from delegating the .AFRICA gTLD.
  • Permit DCA’s application to proceed through the remainder of the new gTLD application process.
  • Reimburse DCA for certain costs related to the independent review process

The issue of registering the .AFRICA domain as a top level domain has been dragged over several months before the organization’s board of directors finally stepped in.

“I want to thank the panel for their efforts and careful deliberation of this matter,” Chairman of the board, Steve Crocker, said.

“Though these proceedings have been lengthy and delayed the launch of the .AFRICA top-level domain, the independent review process is an integral part of ICANN’s community-developed accountability mechanisms, which are fundamental safeguards in ensuring that ICANN’s bottom-up, multi stakeholder model remains effective.”

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