The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has expressed delight at the way African businesses and consumers are embracing the web.
Writing for the organization’s blog, Scott Pinzon said that ICANN has always attempted to embrace the continent and involve African stakeholders in policy decisions.
And they are now seizing the opportunity to influence the domain name agenda, he claimed.
“Our African participants have shown a breathtaking amount of vision and dedication toward the technological future of Africa,” Mr. Pinzon stated.
“Each of us who has spent time with them has come away impressed with their generous attention, insightful questions, and obvious desire to lead their neighbors on line as full-fledged members of the digital world.”
ICANN said that over the last two years, internet access has risen from five per cent of the African population to 11.5 per cent.
Mr. Pinzon said this number needs to be higher and many challenges still lie ahead.