Support to the air transport sector and satellite service applications

First Steering Committee of the JPO in Dakar, 14th of July 2016


The first meeting of Steering Committee of the Action ‘Support to the Joint Programme Office’, JPO was held on 14th of July 2016, at the ASECNA brand new high-tech Boardroom in Dakar, Senegal.

Under the co-chair of AUC and EC, the meeting gathered 19 participants among whom Representatives and Senior Officials of the Regional economic communities[1] of Africa and key Stakeholders organisations such as AFCAC and ICAO.

Recalling the key role of the Steering Committee in providing policy and strategic guidance for the implementation and monitoring of the Action within ‘Support to EGNOS in Africa Programme’, the Chairperson, Mr. Alessandro ARGIOLAS, a Programme Manager Infrastructure under the EC Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development, stressed the importance of aviation safety in Africa and draw the attention of  the audience on the Pan-African Programme as  one of the main financial instruments of the EU for the implementation of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES).

The Action ‘Support to the Joint Programme Office (JPO)’ which  started in March 2016 as a new autonomous project, following the completion of the ACP/EC framework Programme ‘ Support to the Air Transport and Satellite services applications in Africa’ (SAFIR)’ in December 2015.   The Action is co-funded by the European Commission and ASECNA.

Looking at the overall objective of the Action, it will mainly contribute to the improvement of aviation Safety in Africa on top of proven benefits in non-aviation applications, which will globally support economic and social development in Africa. More precisely, the specific objective of the Action is intended to accelerate the adoption and development in Africa of satellite based augmentation systems based on the European technology.

Joining words with actions, the Steering Committee after reviewing and adopting its Terms of Reference, conducted a state of play of the Joint Programme Office which has the responsibility of the technical management of the project and the implementation of activities according to the defined work programme.Typical recommendations include the need for continued support to JPO from its stakeholders in order to fulfil its mandate in its various and challenging activities, further mobilization of States behind the commendable actions already undertaken by the RECs and the preparation of the forthcoming Continental Aviation Workshop planned in 2017 to acknowledge the past achievements and provide recommendations on the way forward, including institutionalisation issues.

The opportunity of the venue in Dakar was used to visit the JPO current office and the new Building under construction which will host the JPO and AFI Fight Planning Procedures (AFI-FPP) before saying farewell to all participants.

The second meeting of the Steering Committee is planned to take place in Addis Ababa during the week of 14th of November, 2016.

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