Calendar of events


Title Starting on Ending on Place Country
Workshop Régional – “SIG et modélisation de l’information  pour une veille intelligente” TBD TBD TBD TBD
Workshop Régional – “Les GNSS : technologie de navigation pour un gouvernance intelligente des services publics” TBD TBD TBD TBD
2018 European Space Week 03/12/2018 06/12/2018 Marseille France
East Africa’s Rail Conference & Exhibition 2018 20/11/2018 21/11/2018 Nairobi Kenya
10th West & Central Africa Mining Summit & Expo 2018 24/10/2018 25/10/2018 Accra Ghana
9th East & Central Africa Roads & Rail Infrastructure Summit 2018 09/10/2018 10/10/2018 Dar es Salaam Tanzania
MELAHA 2018 Congress organised by AIN 01/10/2018 03/10/2018 Cairo Egypt
Workshop Régional – “Fondements, avantages et applications des systèmes d’augmentation GNSS-SBAS” TBD TBD Dakar Senegal
TCCA’s Critical Communications Middle East and Africa 2018 (CCMENA) 23/09/2018 26/09/2018 Dubai United Arab Emirates
Future African Airports master plan conference 2018 19/09/2018 20/09/2018 Johannesburg South Africa
14th Telecoms World Middle East 15/09/2018 19/09/2018 Dubai

United Arab Emirates

Southern African Transport Conference (SATC 2018) 09/07/2018 12/07/2018 Pretoria South Africa
Maritime Week Africa 2018 09/07/2018 13/07/2018   Ghana
CRASTE-LF event TBD TBD Ouagadougou Burkina Faso
4th International Conference and Exhibition on Satellite & Space Missions (SATELLITE 2018) 18/06/2018 20/06/2018 Rome Italy
Africa’s Rail Conference & Exhibition 2018 (Africa Rail 2018) 12/06/2018 13/06/2018  Johannesburg South Africa
15th International Conference on Space Operations (SpaceOps 2018)  28/05/2018 01/06/2018 Marseille France
19th IALA Conference (IALA 2018) 28/05/2018 01/06/2018 Incheon Korea

Meetings and Workshops


Meeting, Workshop, Congress information

Pan-African satellite navigation infrastructure deployment

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – 1st October 2013

ASECNA in conjunction with the European Commission (EC) organised an event in order to initiate and boost the process towards an appropriate financing scheme structure for the pan-African satellite navigation infrastructure deployment.

The Africa-European Union (EU) cooperation on satellite navigation has been expedited in the last few years, and the first step towards the provision of satellite navigation services in Africa has been undertaken. This was built upon the adoption of the Second Action Plan (2011-2013) to implement the joint Africa-EU Strategy, several 2010 political declarations, and the 2011-12 funding decisions by the European Commission (DG DEVCO) and the Africa-EU Infrastructure Trust Fund (ITF). In particular, under the auspices of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) Secretariat and of the EC, a Joint Programme Office (JPO) is currently being set up in Dakar with the mission to manage the future activities of the pan-African satellite navigation infrastructure deployment (cf. former news).

Indeed, from 2014 on, the next phase of the programme is to be undertaken with the deployment of the actual system infrastructure, its certification and exploitation. In order to face these next challenges, funding has to be sought out and a proper financial structuring to be prepared.
The event took place in this context and gathered African and European financing institutions and institutional stakeholders among which, Agence Française de Développement (AFD), European Investment Bank (EIB), Banque Ouest Africaine de Développement (BOAD), Banque des Etats de l’Afrique Centrale (BDEAC), Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS), Commission Africaine de l’Aviation Civile (CAFAC), Communauté Economique et Monétaire de l’Afrique Centrale (CEMAC), Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority (ECAA), South African National Space Agency (SANSA).

Through several work sessions, the event has been an opportunity for the participants to get information about the initiative of the satellite navigation infrastructure deployment in Africa and on its expected benefits, to be informed of the related financing requirements, to make their own contribution to the discussions on the financing scheme in the light of its pan-African dimension, and to agree on the way forward.

Last but not least, the participants expressed their interest and willingness to further support the initiative through a joint Declaration of Intent and agreed on the need to push forward the works thus initiated. A follow-up event is already planned to take place in Africa, first trimester 2014.

International Conference on GNSS for the Development of Sub-Saharan African Countries

30th-31st of May 2013, Dakar, Senegal

The main objectives of this International Conference was to foster and promote African technological and scientific competences that have a clear potential for Galileo and EGNOS products and services/applications.

More particularly, the conference aimed to:

  • foster the development of innovative ideas and new products related to the space sector;
  • promote the collaboration between African industrial and university students to obtain a more stable and better structured African satellite landscape;
  • better position the local industry with regard to future African and worldwide activities so as to be ready to submit competitive bids when the respective calls are published;
  • increase the technological maturity of ideas developed by academia and to promote competitive Space products thanks to partnerships with industry.

Within this International Conference, AiA consortium launched the Best African Student Paper Award 2013. The Award is assigned on the basis of the quality of the written abstract and the oral or poster presentation. All papers were reviewed by a scientific international committee.