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Africa and the EU: implementing satellite navigation technologies

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Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Africa and the EU: implementing satellite navigation technologies

In the context of the collaboration between Africa and the EU on the implementation of satellite navigation technologies that could make a major impact on economic development, the GSA (the European GNSS Agency) has launched the project ‘Awareness in Africa’ (AiA) with the aim of organising workshops to bring together relevant stakeholders from public institutions and the private sector and highlight the benefits of GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems) in African countries.
It is assessed that applications using Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) in areas such as transport, land management, maritime safety and the oil and mining industries can make a rapid impact with potential benefits estimated at several hundred million euros in the next few years.
Under this project three events have already been organized: two events took place in 2012-  from 2 to 3 November in Libreville, Gabon and from 14 to 15 November in Dakar, Senegal. The third event was held from 7 to 8 February this year in Yaounde, Cameroon. Their aim was to promote the capabilities of GNSS and its applications, in particular to demonstrate the intrinsic value of these technologies in the context of sustainable development and the fight against poverty.
As an official European Union regulatory authority, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) manages public interests related to European GNSS programmes. The Agency's strategic objectives include the achievement of a fully operational GALILEO system- a European-controlled global satellite navigation system.

Source: GSA, European Commission