Ten African Internet Registry Operators to Benefit from Capacity Building Initiative

(Agence Ecofin) – The company that allocates domain names and numbers on the Internet wants to help improve the quality of the Internet in Africa, where traffic is increasing. The organization that announced its server infrastructure in Africa in February has other plans for the continent.

On Tuesday, June 7, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced an initiative to build capacity for ten African country code top-level domain (ccTLD) registry operators. Organized in partnership with the Partner2Connect Digital Alliance, the initiative aims to provide beneficiaries with hands-on training and tools that will enable them to compete in the domain name market.

The ten registry operators benefiting from the project are from Angola, Benin, Comoros, Republic of the Congo, Gambia, Liberia, Madagascar, Niger, Togo and Zimbabwe. Training is part of the pilot phase of the project. It will cover a range of topics, including domain name system security best practices, registry governance, writing business and marketing plans, as well as international domain names and global acceptance. The training will consist of a combination of online courses, practical workshops and webinars.

The launch of this project is part of the mission of ICANN and its partners, which is to ensure a secure, stable and unified global Internet. The company plans to launch a larger project for this purpose in order to accelerate the growth and sustainability of the African digital economy. In February, ICANN announced the installation of two root servers on the African continent to improve Internet capacity.

ICANN’s investments in Africa are also part of the ambitions of the Partner2Connect Digital Alliance launched by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on 20 September 2021 to drive meaningful connectivity and digital transformation at scale. Ambitions also in line with the African Digital Transformation Strategy 2020-2030.

The Internet is global and local. Country code top-level domains are an integral part of the Internet infrastructure as they enable the development of local digital initiatives to foster sustainable national digital economies.said Goran Marby (pictured), President and CEO of ICANN.

Isaac Kassi

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