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More than three decades after the first domain name was registered, and over 25 years after the World Wide Web launched, Africa finally has its own internet domain fully owned by Africa named ‘DotAfrica’, APA reports on Wednesday.

This milestone was announced in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at the 29th ordinary session of the African Union Assembly. The objective of the launch was to mark the commencement of the DotAfrica operational phase by setting up a road show starting at the AU headquarters.

DotAfrica will bring the continent together as an internet community under one umbrella and create an opportunity to forge a unique online identity which will associate products, services and or information with the continent and the people of Africa,” read a communiqué.

The idea of DotAfrica was conceived in 2000 when some African internet professionals argued that DotAfrica should be operated by Africans for the benefit of the entire continent.

Reports say Africa has recorded robust growth with international tourist arrivals and tourism revenues growing at 6 percent and 9 percent respectively each year between 1995 and 2014, over the last two decades.

In its Economic Development in Africa report 2017, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said tourism in Africa is a flourishing industry that supports more than 21 million jobs.

The report said tourism attracted capital investment of $26 billion on average in 2011-2014 to the African economy, and that this amount represented 1.8 percent of total GDP of the continent.

It added that international tourist arrivals in Africa increased to 56 million in the period 2011-2014, from 24 million in the previous one (1995-1998) and that the figure is forecast to grow to 134 million by 2030.

Tourism export revenues have more than tripled, increasing from $14 billion to approximately $47 billion, between 1995 and 2014. It is now estimated to contribute about 8.5 percent to the continent’s gross domestic product (GDP).

21 Comments

  1. UrAnon

    July 6, 2017 at 8:20 am

    Nonsense / fluff . There is no doteurope or dotasia …so dotafrica is unnecessary and not really needed …not newsworthy

    • bisi

      July 6, 2017 at 8:47 am

      but .com is for us, .co.uk is for uk, .de for germany (i think), .au for australia so why shouldn’t we have dotafrica after 3 decades?

    • Anon

      July 6, 2017 at 11:44 am

      bisi – but .com is for us,

      Not entirely true. .com is the standard for generic top level domain names.

      .com means .commercial.

      There is .us for the USA which is commonly used by and within states.

      Anyone can use a .com address (not just in the USA.)

    • Call Me Gorgeous...

      July 6, 2017 at 12:58 pm

      Bisi,
      There is .ng for Nigerians

    • Seriously

      July 6, 2017 at 2:51 pm

      Do we have to emulate Europe or Asia? So because other continents don’t have it, Africans shouldn’t have it.
      It’s a cool innovation to me.

    • Fleur

      July 6, 2017 at 8:47 pm

      Buttu why na? No put san san for somborry garri. Someone is somewhere receiving pats on the back for spending uncommon resources over several years to get this dot giniwanu and you are just pointing out its mediocre nature. FOcus on t he positive – help a bro or sis.

  2. confused

    July 6, 2017 at 8:31 am

    I dont really understand. Please is someone kind enough to break it down? I know in Europe you have internet country codes like .uk, .es etc and I think south Africa is .co.za? and Nigeria tried the whole .com.ng? so how does the .’dotAfrica’ come into play? Thanks in advance

  3. Queen

    July 6, 2017 at 8:40 am

    Nice development though, is it necessary? We have bigger issues to tackle in africa

  4. x-factor

    July 6, 2017 at 8:42 am

    errrrmmmmmm….

  5. I. K. Emegwoako

    July 6, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Laudable!

  6. June

    July 6, 2017 at 9:44 am

    But why are the flags of the various countries not in their actual locations on the map image ?

    • Anon

      July 6, 2017 at 11:49 am

      SMH. What a mash up.

    • Fleur

      July 6, 2017 at 8:48 pm

      Una don come oh! Somborry got paid for that hard work. Do you see ya country’s flag on there? That is all you need to see na. Africa na one. IF you see Nigerian flag hoisted over Congo, it is well 🙂

  7. Wayo Man

    July 6, 2017 at 10:08 am

    There is already .ng .for nigeria .za for south africa. This dotafrica is pointless.

  8. Gyasi

    July 6, 2017 at 10:29 am

    Honestly, I thought we were fighting the idea of Africa been referred to as a country, We already have dot ng, kanye has .ke, so are other western countries. different countries with different domain. dotafrica won’t work. How many people uses dotng? dotcom is the koko.

  9. Sunshine in London

    July 6, 2017 at 10:53 am

    @bisi because Africa is not a country…

    • bisi

      July 6, 2017 at 3:05 pm

      love that. thanks for the reminder

  10. Kingsley Felix

    July 6, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    There’s .asia domain extension and there’s .eu also

  11. Papermoon

    July 6, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    I don’t know the benefits of this shout dotAfrica but for the sake of Kwame Nkrumah’s dreams, I hope the .africa works then the artificial borders of the countries fall off too. I am hopefull.

  12. elsome

    July 6, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    is this a progress, well for me it would have made more sense if it was . afr

  13. Kmer sista

    July 6, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    We have .cm in Cameroon….I don’t understand why they creatded .Africa and how it will help to promote the different COUNTRIES of the continent…But why do I know?

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