The African Union on Friday launched DotAfrica (.Africa), a vehicle for socio-cultural activities by forging a unique online identity which will bring products, ervices and information under one umbrella throughout the continent.
The DotAfrica generic Top Level Domain (gTLD), an African initiative established by Africans for Africa and the rest of the world, is designed to bring the continent together as an internet community by allowing e-commerce, technology and infrastructure to flourish in the continent.
The launching of dotAfrica on Friday at the African Union’s headquarters in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa was accompanied by senior AU officials including the outgoing and incoming African Union Commission (AUC) Chairpersons Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and Moussa Faki Mahamat respectively.
It is hoped that it will give Africa an opportunity to forge a unique online identity which will associate products, services and information with the continent and people of Africa.
It took about 8 years to make the dotAfrica project a story of success.
Both the incoming and the outgoing chairpersons of the AU commission have launched this important initiative
“With DotAfrica, Africa has finally got its digital identity”. Nkosazana-Dlamini Zuma, the outgoing Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), said
She further said that the DotAfrica will allow us to spread much more our own information and our own history.
“It is a historic moment to realize the Africa we want and a closer step towards regional integration.” She said
Elham Ibrahim, AU Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, has also lauded the launch of DotAfrica (.Africa) saying that it is “one of the most important flagship projects of the AUC.”
According to Elham, the implementation of the DotAfrica (.Africa) project has been AU’s interest for the past eight years.