25 June 2014
Consistent with the new gTLD applicant guidebook, the GAC provided consensus advice articulated in the April 11 2013 communiqué that the Dot Connect Africa (DCA) application number 1-1165-42560 for dot Africa should not proceed. The GAC welcomes the June 2013 decision by the New gTLD Program Committee to accept GAC advice on this application.
The GAC notes the recent action taken to put on hold the ZACR African Union Commission endorsed application due to the Independent Review Panel (IRP) mandated by ICANN Bylaws.
The GAC advises:
1. The ICANN Board to provide timely communication to the affected parties, in particular to provide clarity on the process and possible timelines
2. The ICANN Board that, following the release of the IRP recommendation, the Board should act expeditiously in prioritising their deliberations and delegate .africa pursuant of the registry agreement signed between ICANN and ZACR.
GAC Acknowledgement of Register Entry
Next Steps/Required Action
Target Completion Date
Current Status/Communications Log
The NGPC accepts this advice. The NGPC will continue to provide timely communication to the affected parties concerning the .AFRICA
Board Action (Accept/Disagree)
Board Acknowledgement of Completion
GAC Acknowledgement of Completion