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EAC, JPO sign off on cooperation for the development of SBAS/EGNOS in Eastern Africa

A Delegation composed of JPO Director, Mr. Ladislaus Matindi, and the Sister Applications (non- aviation) Expert, Mr. Ata Olori recently visited EAC in Arusha (Tanzania) as part of a series of consultative meetings with the Regional Economic Communities (RECS) regarding the cooperation framework on SBAS/EGNOS implementation in Africa.

The meeting, held on 9 April, 2016, brought together the top ranks of the EAC. This included the Amb Dr. Richard Sezibera, Honourable Secretary General of EAC, Dr Anthony L. Kafumbe, (Counsel to the East African Community), Mr Philip Wambugu, Director of Infrastructure, Mr Eric Ntagengerwa, Senior Transport Economist, Mr Joster Imbuchi Onyango, Railway Technical Expert and Dr Jovin Mwemezi, Corridor Management Expert.

The meeting was an opportunity for participants to share experience on GNSS/SBAS applications and benefits in non-Aviation Sectors, in addition, and to update on the status of the JPO Programme, which was received with significant interest by all attendees. This preceded the signing of the Joint Work Programme by the EAC Secretary General and JPO Director on cooperation for the implementation of SBAS/EGNOS in Africa.

Concluding the signing ceremony, the Honourable Secretary General of the EAC called upon EAC and JPO technical experts to make sure that the Joint Work Programme is implemented as soon as possible. He reassured the JPO Director of his personal support for the implementation of the Joint Work Programme and the EGNOS Africa programme. On his side, the JPO Director informed the Secretary General of JPO’s readiness to implement the Joint Work Programme starting with an awareness-raising workshop involving decision-makers from EAC, IGAD, and COMESA.

We look forward to successful cooperation between EAC and JPO in support of the SBAS/EGNOS implementation plan for Eastern Africa.