.africa Domain one step closer

The ZA Central Registry (ZACR) announced in a press statement today (22 November 2012) that it has overcome the first hurdle in its .africa bid, after receiving no “early warnings” from ICANN’s Government Advisory Committee (GAC).

It added that it was aware that the AUC and 16 African governments have registered their intention to object to the only other bid for the rights to administer the proposed .africa Top Level Domain (TLD).

“Conversely, no governments have opposed the ZACR bid for .africa,” the ZACR said.

The governments that sent in their Early Warning letters with respect to the bid competing against the ZACR were as follows, the organisation said: Kenya, South Africa, Benin, Gabon, Senegal, Cameroon, Egypt, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Morocco, Mali, Uganda, Nigeria, Tanzania and Comoros.

According to the ZACR, the Early Warnings are a mechanism used to raise an alarm to ICANN of applications that may raise public policy and interest issues.

Through lodging an Early Warning regarding the other competing bid, the AUC supports the legitimacy of the ZACR’s officially-endorsed bid for the .africa TLD, the ZACR said.

“However, it must be understood that a number of phases, including a GAC Open Objection phase, still have to be completed.”

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.africa Domain one step closer