Official Launching of EGNOS-Africa
The European Union ( EU) and ASECNA have proceeded this 3rd of March in the official launching ceremony of EGNOS-Africa Joint Programme Office (JPO) and the laying of the first stone of their future offices Building. The ceremony took place in the presence of Mr Matthias Petschke, Director, EU Satellite Navigation Programmes, Mrs Karolina Stasiak, from UE Delegation in Sénégal and Mr Amadou Ousmane Guittèye, Director General of ASECNA.
The ceremony was attended by high ranking officials from ICAO (International Civil Aviation Authority Organisation), AFCAC ( African Civil Aviation Commission), ANACIM (Agence Nationale de l’Aviation Civile et de la Météorologie) , ADS ( Aéroports du Sénégal) in the aviation sector, and the Local Authorities.
“Satellite navigation can bring huge societal benefits, be it in transport, in agriculture or land management,” said Mr Petschke in his
remarks at the launch ceremony. “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.”
Delivering his speech, Mr Guittèye, Director General of ASECNA, 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 the deployment of GNS/EGNOS services and applications in the Continent. EGNOS-Africa Joint programme Office is a Panafrican ‘implementing instrument’ for GNSS/EGNOS services’.
On his side, Mr Ladislaus MATINDI, Director JPO, appreciated the contribution of the programme Stakeholders and their invaluable support to the EGNOS Programme. He reiterated for the JPO commitment to ensure EGNOS is implemented in Africa in a coordinated and efficient manner.
Dakar, 3rd March