Stakeholders from around the globe, who gathered in Nairobi, Kenya, recently for the African Domain name business, were optimistic that Africans will achieve great feat in the domain name business, if they continue to collaborate.
They spoke at the third edition of the Africa Domain Name System Forum 2015, where they discuss the challenges, opportunities and the future of Africa’s domain name industry.
The annual event enables Registries, Registrars and other stakeholders share experiences, interact and learn from each other about the domain name industry.
Speaking on the outcome of the stakeholders’ forum, the President, Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), Mr. Sunday Folayan, said: “This year’s event was rewarding as it fostered discussions on cross border collaboration between NiRA and KeNIC, our Top Level Domain counterpart in Kenya. The NiRA delegation had Board, Staff and Registrars. The immediate past president of NiRA, Mrs. Mary Uduma, was among the moderators and panelists at the forum. The event presented the numerous opportunities available to Africa in the DNS industry, which other countries in the world had taken up to the benefit of their countries.
“We actualised our dream of encouraging and rewarding performing (by sales volume) NiRA Accredited Registrars by sponsoring two Registrars to the Africa DNS Forum 2015 at Nairobi, Kenya. This is a show of appreciation of the work done to project the .ng brand, our collective resource and identity. We look forward to providing more of these opportunities to all, so please sell more .ng domains,” Folayan said.
according to him, the growth of the DNS industry in Africa provides employment opportunities to youths.
“In Kenya, students in the universities operate as resellers to domain name registrars in their country. They are involved in the process of claiming and advertising their country identity in the cyberspace. This is something we can and should copy in Nigeria. We must always advertise Nigeria positively to the world. In the coming months, we will mount aggressive marketing campaigns to bring NIRA to the consciousness of Nigerians and beyond,” he said.
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