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 21 March 2011
Press Release   

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Thomas Kamanzi, Newsletter Editor
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successful at ICANN 40 in San Francisco, CA

DotConnectAfrica accomplished a lot during the ICANN 40 meeting

ICANN 40 San Francisco, CA:  Home to DCA, where ".africa" was first initiated as an African Diaspora project, new gTLDs were in everyone's mind at this Silicon Valley meeting.  

DCA and its deSF Baylegation from Africa and the US observed as ICANN made a successful progress with the GAC- Government Advisory Group and hard issues on the table.

It was yet another historic meeting for ICANN societies with more than1700 attendees and ICANN presenting us with a privileged access to hear Co-founder of Internet Dr. Vint Cerf and former US President Bill Clinton in one week.  What an inspiration it was.

DCA was also busy speaking with registry vendors on the recent Expression of Interest (EOI) that we issued.   We had overwhelming responses and profound opportunities to bring Africa the best solutions from the best providers.   It appears from ICANN 40 that the internet community will have supported June 2011 for launch of new gTLDs.

Additionally, Yes2dotAfrica successfully campaigned against the recent shocking press release made by AfTLD on wanting to obtain an African Union mandate for a ".Africa" registry.  It is well known within the community that African Union has already bestowed DCA with a solid endorsement early in 2009 by the Chairperson of the African Union. ...  Based on this, DCA embarked upon this journey a few years back, and recorded initial successes and the DCA dream and the vision of a 'New African generation' was born.

By this open statement, we hereby seize this opportunity to continue to request the African Internet community to remain involved and supportive of the ground-breaking activities of DCA.... 

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. Sophia Bekele DCA founder and former ICANN gNSO policy advisor was noted by The Economist, Sept 15, 2010, as "leading the dotafrica initiative":  Can "Africa" get a make-over? more...


. Brains behind .africa, Diplomat East Africa more... 


. DCA is endorsed by African Union (AU) & the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and Internationalized Domain Resolution Union (IDRU) language group.  

About DotConnectAfrica:

DCA is a not-for-profit, non-partisan org incorporated in Mauritius Africa & will sponsor, establish & operate a TLD registry with global recognition & regional significance dedicated to the needs of Pan-African &African community. DCA Reg.ID.CT8710DCA90