Support to the air transport sector and satellite service applications

The third meeting of the JPO steering committee, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

On the 5th of December 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the 3rd Meeting of the Steering Committee gathered 23 participants from AUC DIE, EUDEL AUC, EC, AFCAC, ICAO, ACAC and regional economic communities among which ECCAS, EAC, IGAD, ECOWAS, COMESA.

This 3rd Meeting was co-chaired by EU Delegation at AU, Mr Francisco Carreras and Mr Cheikh Ould Bedda, Director Infrastructure and Energy.

This intensive one-day but fruitful working session enabled SC Members to address the various aspects of the Programme and to make the necessary recommendations to fast-track the implementation of the Action, this as per their main mandate to oversee and validate the overall strategic direction and policy of The Action “Support to the Joint Programme Office (JPO)” THE DIE has called for acceleration of the implementation of the Recommendations of AU STC in Lomé, among which focusing efforts on the conduct of the continental CBA study and strategy, for which a Task Team is being setup by AFCAC.

While commending the significant progress made by the JPO for the implementation of the programme, the DIE called for the Meeting to focus on the implementation of the recommendation n°7 of the STC Declaration of Lomé, which will be supported through the creation of AUC Working Group under Sub-Committee of Transport to oversee among others the issue of the institutionalisation of the Action.

The 3rd Meeting was also an opportunity for all RECs to exchange and share their experience regarding advancement of the Action at their respective Modules level while initiatives such as ASECNA provided an insight on their Phase-B studies.

The Next Meeting of the SC is scheduled in May 2018 in Brussels.

Background

The Pan-African (PanAf) Programme constitutes one the main financial instruments of the European Union (EU) for the implementation of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES). Funded from the general budget of the EU, it is the first ever EU programme in development and cooperation that covers Africa as a whole. Aligned with the Roadmap 2014-17 adopted at the 4th Africa-EU Summit held in Brussels in April 2014, the first phase of the PanAf was launched in July 2014 to fund projects for the period 2014-17. The Annual Action Programme 2015 of this PanAf includes the EGNOS in Africa Support Programme, whose Action, referred to as “Support to the Joint Programme Office (JPO)”, is co-funded by the European Commission and ASECNA.

The overall objective of the Action “Support to the JPO” is to contribute to the improvement of aviation safety in Africa, taking also into consideration non-aviation applications of satellite navigation, thus contributing to economic and social development in Africa. The specific objective of the Action is to accelerate the adoption and development in Africa of satellite-based augmentation systems (SBAS) based on the European EGNOS programme, primarily for the benefit of the civil aviation sector in order to improve safety and flight efficiency at acceptable costs.

The SC is not a management body and does not replace ASECNA and the European Commission roles and responsibilities as stipulated in the Financing Agreement.

Membership of the Steering Committee

The European Commission and the African Union Commission shall co-chair the SC, and JPO shall act as a Secretariat to the SC. The SC shall include representatives of the following bodies the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC); The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO); Regional Economic Communities (RECs): EAC, COMESA, IGAD, ECOWAS, ECCAS, UEMOA and SADC;The Arab Civil Aviation Commission (ACAC);ASECNA;The European GNSS Agency (GSA).