9th Africa DNS Forum (Virtual)

27th – 28th July 2021

THEME:  Evolving the DNS Ecosystem in Africa
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.


  • Evolution of the domain name ecosystem in Africa.
  • Strengthening collaboration among stakeholders in the domain name ecosystem in Africa.
  • Dissemination of outputs of the Africa Domain Name System Forum among key stakeholders in Africa.
  • Fostering a culture of innovation in the Africa domain name ecosystem.
  • Developments in the Domain Name Ecosystem in Africa and globally.

Expected Outcomes

  • Tracking new developments in the Domain Name Ecosystem in Africa and globally
  • Identification of strategic action points key to growth of the domain name ecosystem in Africa.
  • Strengthening stakeholder engagement in the Africa domain name ecosystem.
  • Greater awareness of the factors impeding the growth of the Africa Domain Name ecosystem among the relevant stakeholders through the dissemination of Africa Domain Name System Forum outputs.
  • Localization of domain name system forum initiatives.


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.