It was reported on Wednesday that more than 50 African countries have created an internet domain fully owned by Africa, which they named DotAfrica.
This took place at the 29th ordinary session of the African Union Assembly in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
“DotAfrica will bring the continent together as an internet community under one umbrella and create an opportunity to forge a unique online identity which will associate products, services or information with the continent and the people of Africa,” read a communiqué.
The domain is an African initiative created by Africans for Africans and the worldwide audience of companies, organisations and individuals interested in, associated with and connected with the African community and markets.
We learnt that the initiative was aimed to mark the commencement of the DotAfrica operational phase by setting up a road show starting at the AU headquarters.
The idea of DotAfrica was conceived in 2000 when some African internet professionals insisted that DotAfrica should be operated by Africans for the benefit of Africans.
Meanwhile, Africa has been reported to have recorded robust growth with international tourist arrivals and tourism revenues growing at 6 percent and 9 percent respectively each year between 1995 and 2014, over the last two decades.
According to The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), tourism in Africa is a booming industry that has created more than 21 million jobs.
It was further revealed that in 2011-2014, tourism attracted capital investment of $26 billion on average to the African economy, and that this amount represented 1.8 percent of total GDP of the continent.
In addition, the report showed that within the interval of 2011-2014, international tourist arrivals in Africa increased to 56 million, from 24 million in the previous one (1995-1998), and that by 2030, the figure is forecast to grow to 134 million.
Revenue from tourism export have increased from $14 billion to approximately $47 billion, between 1995 and 2014 which is more than triple.
As a result of this, tourism is now estimated to contribute about 8.5 percent to the continent’s gross domestic product (GDP), it further stated.