Belgium: The European GNSS Agency (GSA) has launched a project ‘Awareness in Africa’ (AiA) with the aim of organising workshops to bring together relevant stakeholders from public institutions and the private sector and highlight the benefits of GNSS in African countries. The workshops will be organised under the collaboration of Africa and the EU on implementation of satellite navigation technologies that could make a major impact on economic development.
It is assessed that applications using GNSS in areas such as transport, land management, maritime safety and the oil and mining industries can make a rapid impact with potential benefits estimated at several hundred million euros in the next few years.
Under this project three events have already been organised: two events took place in 2012- from 2 to 3 November in Libreville, Gabon and from 14 to 15 November in Dakar, Senegal. The third event was held from 7 to 8 February this year in Yaounde, Cameroon. Their aim was to promote the capabilities of GNSS and its applications, in particular to demonstrate the intrinsic value of these technologies in the context of sustainable development and the fight against poverty.
As an official European Union regulatory authority, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) manages public interests related to European GNSS programmes. The Agency”s strategic objectives include the achievement of a fully operational Galileo system- a European-controlled global satellite navigation system.