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JPO Participates in "ACAC/ICAO MID Workshop on GNSS"

JPO was invited to participate in the ACAC/ICAO MID workshop on GNSS, which was held in Rabat, Morocco on 5 April 2016. Organised with the support of European Commission and attended by 40 participants from 10 countries, the workshop topics covered global provision and regional perspectives on GNSS, regional SBAS (EGNOS and GAGAN) and technological developments.

The event provided an opportunity for JPO to contribute to the continental planning on SBAS/EGNOS in Africa by sharing information with the participants about its coordination role, its achievements and the domains where countries can get support from JPO in Africa.

The EC provided the current status of EGNOS adoption by aviation outside the EU, including Africa. Regarding Africa, regional projects/programmes such as MEDUSA (for EGNOS use and adoption in Euromed Countries) and EGNOS Programme in AFRICA (pan-African) provided updates on their current status and roadmaps, while the GSA provided an update on EGNOS V2/V3 developments and evolutions, including programmatic aspects.

The recommendations agreed during the workshop highlighted the importance of continuous awareness-raising on GNSS to support countries’ engagement and experience sharing, in addition to improved regional and global coordination. The Workshop also called for JPO and MID Region to share their experience on legal and institutional framework on EGNOS implementation.

JPO wishes to congratulate ACAC/ICAO MID for organising such an event, and looks forward to a continued collaboration between both organisations with regards to SBAS/EGNOS implementation in Africa.