8th Africa DNS Virtual Forum.

Platform: Zoom with Youtube and Facebook Streaming.

27th – 28th July 2020.

OBJECTIVE: To help the domain name industry in Africa to grow at a competitive rate and ensure that the continent is on par with the rest of the world. The Domain Name System (DNS) forum offers participants opportunities to:

Network with other stakeholders and industry experts


Discuss business, technical, and policy aspects of the industry

Understanding of ICANN’s role in shaping the future of the Internet

Learn new approaches to establish and expand online presence


You will learn from international and regional field experts and industry stakeholders discussing the latest developments and issues in the global and regional domain marketplace.

You will participate with stakeholders from various sectors across Africa and the world, in discussions on opportunities for competitive growth in the Africa Domain Name industry.

Who Should Attend?

Individuals and organizations interested in the domain industry and related business. ccTLD registries, registrars (local and ICANN accredited), resellers, registrants, DNS experts, government representatives, ICT service providers, financial institutions, and academia. Domain name system investors drawn from the African continent and other parts of the world are also encouraged to attend.


  • Resilience of the DNS ecosystem in Africa in the face of calamities
  • Leveraging the COVID-19 pandemic to develop electronic commerce in the Africa region
  • Combating DNS Abuse in light of increased cyber threats during COVID-19
  • Overall contribution of the DNS Industry during the Covid-19 Pandemic
  • Running a Domain Name Business in the times of emergencies
  • Progress made in payment issues

Expected Outcomes

  • Ensuring the Domain Name eco-system in Africa remains resilient in light of the COVID-19 and future pandemics
  • Supporting development of a robust ecommerce ecosystem as countries encourage citizens to embrace ecommerce, elearning, and egovernment.
  • Showcasing innovative use cases of how the Domain Name System can be used to alleviate the effects of pandemic
  • Taking stock of the state of the Domain Name  Ecosystem on the African continent
  • Recognizing the place of the DNS both as a business and a critical Infrastructure worth investing in, even more so in light of the current pandemic


AfRegistrar association includes all ICANN Accredited Registrars based in the African Continent, The AfRegistrars shall fulfil the role, responsibilities and functions of the AfRegistrar as defined within the ICANN Bylaws.

Africa Top Level Domains Organization (AFTLD) is the association of country code Top Level Domain registry (ccTLD) managers in the Africa Region. The main objective of AFTLD is to provide a forum for ccTLD managers from the Africa Region to discuss issues regarding management of ccTLD registries. AFTLD then presents their common position on key global issues in the Domain Name System (DNS) industry in International meetings.

ICANN’s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.