DCA Defends its Opposition to the Experts Meeting Agenda of the AU DotAfrica Task Force




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Published on Nov 8, 2011

DotConnectAfrica (DCA) Executive Director Ms Sophia Bekele Defends DCA's Opposition to the Experts Meeting Agenda of the Africa union (AU) DotAfrica Task Force at the African Ministerial Round-Table

Against the backdrop that DCA had proposed the DotAfrica Initiative to the African Union Commission, and received an important endorsement for it, on the basis of which it commenced a successful global campaign and promotion of the initiative. DCA had correctly anticipated that the Experts Meeting would be used to pass certain resolutions on DotAfrica, or be used to contrive an endorsement for other organizations; and that there was a deliberate effort to prevent DCA from participating at the event, even though DCA had written formally to request that it should be included in the official programme. Again, it was clear that DCA was evidently being victimized, since a South African company, which is a new entrant to the DotAfrica issue was given an opportunity to speak and a prospective applicant such as DCA was being sidelined and not given an opportunity to make a presentation at the meeting.

Therefore, DCA had to make its voice heard by intervening at the meeting and expressing its grave concerns, first with the meeting agenda, the non-attendance of Ministers at the African Ministerial Round-Table, and also highlighted the fact that it has already received key supportive endorsements from several African governments in addition to the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).

After making its voice heard at the meeting, DCA's Executive-Director and spearhead of the Yes2DotAfrica Campaign spoke with Senegal TV to defend DCA's opposition to the Experts Meeting Agenda of the DotAfrica Task Force. In her words: "we were very angry and dismissive of the work that they were doing; and we are formally opposing the DotAfrica Task Force." We are very very impressed in fact with the Minister who was chairing yesterday for giving us the forum to speak and we are very happy that we participated, despite that we have a separate point of view from the other organizers."


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