EGNOS-Africa office opens for business

The SAFIR (Satellite navigation services for AFrIcan Region) project has opened the EGNOS-Africa Joint Programme Office (JPO).

The SAFIR project is a three-year project funded by the European Union and the EDF Intra ACP envelope with €3.7 million. SAFIR has been awarded by the ACP African, Caribbean and Pacific group of states to an International Consortium led by ASECNA (Agence pour la Sécurité de la Navigation Aérienne en Afrique et à Madagascar) together with Egis, Pildo Labs and ESSP

Part of the Africa-EU long term strategic partnership to enhance safety in air transport and whose global objective is to build capacity within African ACP countries for the future deployment of GNSS/EGNOS, the ceremony took place in Dakar on March 3 in the presence of Matthias Petschke, director of the EU satellite navigation programmes, Karolina Stasiak from the EU delegation in Sénégal and Amadou Ousmane Guittèye, director general of ASECNA.

The ceremony was attended by high ranking officials from the International Civil Aviation Organisation, the African Civil Aviation Commission, the Agence Nationale de l’Aviation Civile et de la Météorologie and the Aéroports du Sénégal.

Petschke said: “Satellite navigation can bring huge societal benefits, be it in transport, in agriculture or land management. Satellite based augmentation systems in particular, like EGNOS, can bring enormous social and economic benefits. I attach therefore great importance to the setting up of the EGNOS Africa Joint Programme Office and am particularly pleased to see this team of African experts who have extensive experience and knowledge to support the development of an African satellite based augmentation system.”

In his speech, Guittèye stated that: “The first mission of the JPO is to ensure Africa has developed adequate competencies and then to coordinate the implementation of the development and of the deployment of GNSS/EGNOS services and applications in the continent. The EGNOS-Africa Joint Programme Office is a pan-African entity that acts for the benefit of Africa and supports stakeholders in their GNSS/EGNOS strategy, developments and implementation.”

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