ASECNA launch a study regarding the provision of SBAS services in Africa

Posted on: February 13, 2019

The Agency for the Safety of Air Navigation in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA) signed a contract on 8 February 2019 in Dakar with Thales Alenia Space for the completion of the preliminary architecture definition study (phase B) of its satellite augmentation services program (SBAS)

The phase B study should enable ASECNA Member States to define the best architecture option that will support the provision of SBAS services, and to have full visibility on the following phases of development, deployment and exploitation. This study is financed by a grant from the Infrastructure Trust Fund (FFI) Africa – European Union, implemented as part of a financing agreement with the French Development Agency (AFD).

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Vacancy Notice at JPO – Aviation Expert

Posted on: January 22, 2019

The JPO, a regional structure responsible for coordinating the GNSS/EGNOS programmes in sub-Saharan Africa, is looking for an aviation expert in Dakar. Read more.


Posted on: December 11, 2018

Dakar, 13th, 14th, 15th November 2018

A regional workshop “Foundations and Applications of GNSS”, co-organized by the EGNOS in Africa Joint Programme Office (JPO) and the Centre Régional Africain des Sciences et Technologies de l’Espace (CRASTE-LF), with the support of the SUCCESS 2 project, was held in Dakar on 13, 14 and 15 November 2018.

In the opening ceremony the representatives from the Government of the Republic of Senegal (Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation and Ministry of Integration, NEPAD and Francophonie) expressed their support to the JPO and their willingness to further promote their cooperation with this institution.

The first day of the workshop was mainly devoted to plenary conferences which allowed, in particular, understanding SBAS deployment perspectives in Africa, to take stoke of space science and technology training and education in the continent and to highlight the benefits of space technologies for developing countries.

The second and third days weredevoted to scientific and technical topics and more particularly on the Foundations of GNSS, the potential markets for SBAS in Africa and SBAS applications in the fields of Agriculture, Maritime and Location Based Services.

More than twenty trainees participated in this workshop, which also saw the participation of the Directorof the African Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education (ARCSSTE), and a representative of the African Regional Institute for Geospatial Information Science and Technology (AFRIGIST). In addition to the capacity building dimension which is fundamental for the development of the space sector in Africa, this event gathered several African institutions that had never worked together before and opened new avenues for  the development of human resources in the space sector in Africa.

SUCCESS actively participated to the setting up of the event in full coordination with the JPO team settled in Dakar. Pr Refaat Chaabouni and Dr Daniel Ludwig delivered a speech related to the “Contribution of space for developing countries: economy and society”.

Study Visit in Europe of Representatives of South Africa Institutions

Posted on: April 17, 2018


A delegation of representatives from South African governmental organisations has participated in a four-day study visit on the subject of satellite navigation (Galileo and EGNOS) in Madrid (Spain) and Toulouse (France).

The visit was attended by five representatives from the Department of Science and Technology (DST), South African National Space Agency (SANSA), Air Traffic Navigation Services (ATNS), South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) and Square Kilometre Array (SKA) .

The format of the visit allowed the South African delegation to have an insight of the various aspects of both EGNOS and Galileo, meet the main institutional and industrial players involved, and have hands-on experience on part of the EGNSS infrastructure.

The agenda included visit to the Galileo Service Centre, the EGNOS Master Control Centre and EGNOS Applications Specific Qualification Facility (ASQF) managed by the European Satellite Services Provider (ESSP), the French space agency (CNES) and meetings with industry involved in the development of the system as well as of downstream applications.

The visit was supported by the European Commission, the European GNSS Agency (GSA), ESSP, the Spanish Ministry of Transport, ENAIRE (Spanish air navigation manager), CNES, Cité de l’Espace, ASD-Eurospace and FDC.



The Third Meeting of the Steering Committee of the JPO in Addis Ababa

Posted on: April 09, 2018


The  3rd Meeting of the Steering Committee of” EGNOS in Africa “, 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, ASECNA and regional economic communities among which ECCAS, EAC, IGAD, ECOWAS, COMESA.

This 3rd Meeting was co-chaired by EU Delegation to the AU, Mr. Francisco Carreras Sequeros, Head of Cooperation and Mr Cheikh Ould Bedda, Director of Infrastructure and Energy of the African Union Commission.

This intensive one-day but fruitful working session enabled SC Members to address the various aspects of the work 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 called for the SC to give new impulse to the Action while accelerating the implementation of the Recommendations of the AU Specialized Technical Committee on Transport, Transcontinental and Interregional Infrastructure, Energy and Tourism (STC-TTIET) 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 achieved by the Action and the contribution delivered by the JPO towards implementation of its programme, the DIE called for the Meeting to focus on the implementation of the recommendation n°7 of the STC-TTIET Declaration of Lomé, which will be supported through the creation of an AUC Working Group under the Sub-Committee on Transport to oversee, among others the issue of the institutionalisation of the JPO. 

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 discussing initiatives such as ASECNA’s Phase-B studies.The Next Meeting of the SC is scheduled in May 2018 in Brussels. 


Background information

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.

Steering Committee

Tasked with providing the Action with overall policy and strategic direction, the Steering Committee (SC) is co-chaired by the European Commission and the African Union Commission, with the JPO acting as Secretariat. The SC includes representatives of 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).

 Courtesy of JPO