South Sudan supports ZACR .africa bid

The Republic of South Sudan (RSS) has become the 39th African country to formally endorse the African Union-endorsed UniForum ZA Central Registry (ZACR) bid to administer the proposed .africa generic Top Level Domain (gTLD).

The African Union Commission (AUC) endorsed the UniForum ZACR bid earlier this year and last week reaffirmed its support at the 44th meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in Prague, Czech Republic. ICANN will announce the successful .africa bidder in the first quarter of 2013.

Writing to the multinational Steercom that is managing the UniForum ZACR .africa bid, the RSS Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Major-General Madut Biar Yel, stressed that the Republic supported the AUC .africa framework and, by extension, the UniForum ZACR .africa bid.

The Honourable Minister also wrote that “as a newly-independent State and member of the African Union, we wish to compliment ICANN for the ongoing dialogue to establish the DotAfrica gTLD.” The letter was copied to the President of the RSS, NEPAD, ICANN and the AUC.

Koffi Fabrice Djossou, Africa Liaison of UniForum ZACR , has formally advised the AUC that the Republic of South Sudan has signed the UniForum ZACR .africa bid letter of support which gives the UniForum ZACR the moral authority to assert that its bid is Africa’s bid.

If successful UniForum, trading as the ZACR, will be allocating names to the public such as “example.africa”.

“The launch of .africa is an important branding opportunity for Africa and also an exercise in African unity. We simply cannot afford to have the responsibility for managing .africa conferred upon any other organisation besides the UniForum ZACR. It is the only bidding organisation on the African continent with the necessary skills and resources required to successfully manage Africa’s presence on the web,” concluded Mr Djossou.

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