African Union

The African Union (AU) strongly believes that the introduction of the .africa Top-Level Domain (TLD) will create an attractive regional home for the Pan-African Internet Community.

.africa will create a new internet identity for users and businesses which seek more regional presence without being confined within the limits of one country.

In view of the needs expressed by the African community at large the Extraordinary Session of the African Union Conference of Ministers in charge of Communications and Information Technologies (CITMC) held in Johannesburg acknowledged the benefits of the .africa domain name to Africa and adopted a resolution (The Oliver Tambo Declaration) to Establish .africa as a continental TLD for use by organizations, businesses and individuals with guidance from African Internet agencies.

Following the endorsement of The Olivier Tambo Declaration by the Head of States and Governments Summit in January 2010, the African Ministers in charge of Communication and Information Technologies who met at the Third Ordinary Session of the African Union Conference of Ministers in charge of Communication and Information Technologies in Abuja (The Abuja Declaration), Federal Republic of Nigeria, from 6 – 7 August 2010, requested the AU to “Set up the structure and modalities for the Implementation of the .africa project.” – CHAIRPERSON, .AFRICA STEERCOM