Implementation of EGNOS- Satellite Based Augmentation System in Eastern Africa
On September 5-7th 2016, the Rwandan capital hosted the first Regional Workshop organised by the JPO in conjunction with EAC and IGAD, under the theme “Implementation of EGNOS- Satellite Based Augmentation System in Eastern Africa”, at LEMIGO HOTEL, Kigali, Rwanda.
The workshop was officially opened by the Honourable Dr NZAHABWANIMANA Alexis, Minister of State in charge of Transport in the Ministry of Infrastructure of the Republic of Rwanda, in his opening address, thanked the 25 participants including Delegates from 6 countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda), the three RECs (EAC-IGAD-COMESA) and the JPO, on behalf of the Government of Rwanda.
The organisation of this kind of joint Workshop for the first time in Africa, reaffirms commitments of the three organisations to work together in creating awareness and building capacity of EAC and IGAD stakeholders on the EGNOS support in Africa Programme regarding the creation of the proposed Eastern Africa EGNOS SBAS module.
He recalled adopted policies and strategic decisions on the enhancement of aviation safety in Africa and the establishment of a single African air transport market. He informed the participants that the current capacity and efficiency of the air navigation system in Africa is one of the bottlenecks in their implementation.
He emphasized on the demonstration of the technical feasibility and economic viability of the EGNOS-SBAS as key considerations not only in the decision making process but also in securing stakeholders support and users’ adoption of the SBAS services.
The Honourable Minister reminded the JPO team to always keep in mind their commitment to Africa by ensuring that the Africa/Europe international cooperation on satellite navigation benefits both parties, and that Africa Expects benefit from the partnership through EGNOS-SBAS technology transfer.
The workshop presentations which discussions were moderated by the Director Air Navigation Services Rwanda CAA in absence of the Uganda High Commissioner, the Director General Tanzania Civil Aviation, the Director General Ethiopia Civil Aviation and the Director General Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority, embraced various topics among which Enhancing aviation safety through international cooperation through the Joint Africa-EU Strategy show case, the different main Systems of Satellite navigation for Aviation, from fundamentals on GNSS to Overview of GNSS Systems to Aircraft Based Augmentation System (ABAS), Ground Based Augmentation System (GBAS), Space Based Augmentation System (SBAS) including its applications and benefits, GNSS/SBAS technology and world trends.
The specific case of Africa was then addressed through the proposed Roadmap for EGNOS Service implementation in Africa and the specific requirements of Eastern Africa Module, from economic, institutional, and legal aspects. This was concluded with the technical considerations and the proposed Joint Action Plan, which was agreed between JPO and EAC.
The Workshop was concluded with a set of recommendations on the way forward for the implementation of GNSS/ SBAS in Africa.
The closing ceremony was officiated by the Director General of Rwanda Civil Aviation. In his closing remarks, he thanked JPO Director and Team for the information provided to participants through the workshop presentations and the outcomes and emphasized the need for timely implementation of the Joint Action Plan to make the SBAS programme a reality in the Region.