The Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) objected to the application from DotConnectAfrica, and the New gTLD Program Committee (NGPC) invited the bidder to withdraw.
ZACR’s bid to manage the .africa gTLD was always seen as the frontrunner, especially after it was has selected by the African Union as its preferred registry operator to administer the domain.
The fact that DotConnectAfrica’s bid to administer the .africa domain was rejected means that ZACR is now the only remaining bidder to manage the new Africa gTLD.
This does not, however, mean an automatic approval of the bid. The .africa bid must now be passed by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) – a long and arduous process.
DotConnectAfrica can also ask for a review of the rejection of their bid, or complain to the ICANN ombudsman.