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Africa Union launches .africa as a domain name

Well, pan-Africanism taken to new interesting and accommodative levels. Many domain names have come and the Africa Union has launched .africa as a domain name for Africans.

This is interesting and progressive news.

Africans who want to register a website will be able to apply for a .africa domain name in the coming months, which outgoing AU commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said would allow the continent’s people and businesses to better reach the world.

Dlamini-Zuma was enthralled with this development and said that finally Africa has got its digital identity. This is an important move which will increase Africa’s online influence on the global stage.

Sub-Saharan Africa has one of the lowest rates of internet penetration in the world, according to the World Bank, with only around 22% of people online compared to the global average of 44%.

The AU has vowed to increase broadband internet penetration by 10% by next year as part of its Agenda 2063 development proposal.

As the continent’s largest economy, South Africa dominates African presence online, holding 1.1-million of the 2-million website registrations on the continent, said Lucky Masilela, chief executive of ZA Central Registry, the South Africa-based company that will administer .africa.

 

Sourced from  Agence France-Presse (AFP).

 

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