Ref: dotafrica/2008/02/13

Africa's map in the digital inclusion!

13 February 2008

Mr. Peter Dengate Thrush Chairman of ICANN 4676 Admiralty Way, Suite 330 Marina del Rey, CA 90292-6601, USA (pdf via email:

RE: Request for Accreditation from ICANN for .Africa Dear Mr. Dengate Thrush: It is with great enthusiasm that I inform you that we have undertaken the “dot.Africa” initiative. It is the result of a two year effort and we are applying for delegation of a regional identifier top level domain – „.africa‟ from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and then make it available to the Pan-African community. This will mean that the African continent will follow upon the experience of the European Union and their „.eu‟ domain, and the Asian continent with their „.asia‟ domain (which becomes operative in October 2007). We consider this will be a valuable attribute for entities, professionals and corporations active in Africa, empowering those stakeholders who see value in a regional online identity (e.g. the European Union received almost 2.5 million registrations of „.eu‟ in the first year of operations). We also see this initiative to be in support of the mission and objective of ICANN Corporation. Therefore, we ask your support in endorsing our initiative for .Africa. Yours truly,

Sophia Bekele
Former GNSO Board Councilor

Executive Coordinator (.Africa)