The dotAfrica Reserved Names Policy is open for public comment from this week (started 1 July 2013) until 31 July, the ZA Central Registry (ZACR) announced in a press statement today (3 July 2013).
According to ZACR, the policy is one of the mechanisms being used to ensure an orderly and efficient launch of the new dotAfrica domain name once it is finally approved, and is intended to protect various categories of names associated with African governments.
“Governments will receive priority in registering certain categories of names, including the names of countries, regions, provinces, governments, government departments and so on,” the ZACR said in its statement. “Also included are other domain names that relate directly to official governmental initiatives, such as the promotion of trade or tourism.”
The Policy also spells out how to apply to have a name entered onto the register.
“We are expecting great demand for names in the dotAfrica domain when it completes the ICANN registration process,” said Octavia Kumalo, marketing and PR liaison for the ZACR’s dotAfrica project. “In order to make the launch a success, we want the possible best Reserved Names Policy in place—so we urge all interested parties to download the policy and let us have their comments and suggestions for improvement before 24 July.”
The dotAfrica Reserved Names Policy may be accessed on the AfricaInOneSpace.Org site.
The new domain name is currently nearing the end of a lengthy application process by ICANN, the ZACR said.