Tanzania works towards moving all state institutions website from “.com” to “.tz”


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Tanzania has been on the issue of moving all state institutions domain from the common dotCom to dotTz for about 8 years now. The government has been urging for compliance since the launch of the dotTz domain in 2009. Now, the government seem resolved and wont take it likely with defaulters.

According to reports from Tanzania, an ultimatum has been given for this order to be complied to. The government argued that using the dotTz domain is a sense of promoting the country’s identity.

According to a report published by APO, “Deputy Communication Minister Edwin Ngonyani instructed the country’s communication regulatory body on Thursday to implement the order and take action against those who fail to make the switch.”

Having given directive to penalise defaulters, the deputy Communication Minister lamented why defaulting ministries, departments, agencies and institutions have failed to switch as directed. He again informed the people that the use is required by the country’s communication laws and that it accords easy identity to productions of the Tanzanian government.

“It is unfortunate that some government ministries, departments, agencies and institutions have not yet registered with this important national identity since the domain was launched in 2009.”

“They help one to know that indeed the particular product that he/she wants to import is indeed Made in Tanzania,” the Minister stated.

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