The African Union has just launched a .africa web domain

Finally! Something the African Union actually got right.

It has been 5 years since an application for a .africa domain was made by ZA Central Registry, a South African based company, to The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers(ICAAN).

ICAAN is responsible for administering Top Level Domains (TLDs) and what was delaying the launch of a .africa domain was ICAANs rule which required at least 60% of African countries to endorse the domain,and it finally happened this year. 75% of African countries have endorsed the ZACR bid for the domain.

ZACR will be handling the registration of the .africa domains, and according to the company domains which start from $18 a year.

Outgoing AU commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma hailed its creation as the moment when Africa “got [its] own digital identity”.

.african domains are expected to go on sale July 2017.