L’ASECNA s’apprête à déployer un ADS-B basé dans l’espace en Afrique occidentale et centrale

Aireon et l’Agence pour la sécurité de la navigation aérienne en Afrique et à Madagascar (ASECNA) intégreront la surveillance du trafic aérien en temps réel aux axes terrestre africains à forte circulation

MCLEAN, Virginie, 9 janvier 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Aireon a annoncé aujourd’hui avoir signé un accord de services de données avec l’Agence pour la sécurité de la navigation aérienne en Afrique et à Madagascar (ASECNA). Créée en décembre 1959, l’ASECNA est une organisation publique internationale composée de 18 États membres, dont le siège social se situe à Dakar (SÉNÉGAL).https://prnewswire2-a.akamaihd.net/p/1893751/sp/189375100/thumbnail/entry_id/1_u7i3s0py/def_height/400/def_width/400/version/100011/type/1

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Les États membres de l’ASECNA sont les suivants : Bénin, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, République centrafricaine, Comores, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Guinée-Bissau, Guinée équatoriale, France, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritanie, Niger, Sénégal, Tchad et Togo.

L’ASECNA est l’un des plus grands fournisseurs de services de navigation aérienne (FSNA) d’Afrique, couvrant 16,1 millions de kilomètres carrés d’espace aérien, via six régions d’information de vol (FIR, pour Flight Information Region) – Antananarivo, Brazzaville, Dakar océanique, Dakar terrestre, Niamey et N’Djamena.

L’ASECNA est responsable des services de trafic aérien dans une part significative du continent africain, gérant les routes fréquemment empruntées entre l’Europe, l’Afrique de l’Est et du Sud, et l’Amérique du Sud. Grâce aux données AireonSM, dès 2019, l’ASECNA sera en mesure d’introduire un degré continu de surveillance, augmentant l’infrastructure existante et complétant la couverture de l’intégralité de son espace aérien. Ceci améliorera significativement la disponibilité des services destinés aux compagnies aériennes, et renforcera la sécurité et l’efficience au sein de l’espace aérien africain.

« L’étendue du territoire dont est responsable l’ASECNA pose un immense défi en termes de surveillance, notamment parce qu’il n’est pas toujours possible d’installer ou de maintenir une infrastructure terrestre », a déclaré Mohamed MOUSSA, directeur général, « Grâce à l’ADS-B basé dans l’espace d’Aireon, nous regardons vers l’avenir, en augmentant notre capacité et en fournissant une surveillance complète du trafic aérien en temps réel à nos compagnies aériennes. Ceci fournira non seulement un niveau de disponibilité des services nettement supérieur, mais augmentera également significativement la sécurité, dans la mesure où les contrôleurs pourront visualiser tous les avions, en temps réel, au sein de l’espace aérien de l’ASECNA. La sécurité constituera toujours pour nous une priorité absolue, et nous sommes impatients de bénéficier de la surveillance en temps réel dans cette région du continent africain. »

« L’accord avec l’ASECNA constitue une étape majeure en direction de la sécurité et de l’efficience en Afrique occidentale et centrale, permettant à 17 États africains de franchir une étape importante en direction de quelques uns des objectifs majeurs du Plan mondial de navigation aérienne de l’OACI », a déclaré Don Thoma, PDG d’Aireon. « La sécurité constitue depuis longtemps une priorité absolue dans la région, et nous sommes fiers de travailler aux côtés d’organisations leaders telles que l’ASECNA. Pour la première fois, plus de la moitié de l’espace aérien africain fera l’objet d’une surveillance du trafic aérien en temps réel. »

L’ASECNA rejoint d’autres FSNA africains dans le cadre du déploiement d’ADS-B basés dans l’espace. La société sud-africaine Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) et l’Autorité de l’aviation civile des Seychelles (SCAA) ont également signé des accords au cours des 18 derniers mois.

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À propos d’Aireon LLC

Aireon déploie un système mondial de surveillance dépendante automatique en mode diffusion (ADS-B, pour Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast) basé dans l’espace, capable de surveiller et de suivre en temps réel les avions équipés d’ADS-B à travers le monde. Ce système sera utilisé pour fournir une couverture ADS-B qui englobera les régions océaniques, polaires et reculées, au sein desquelles les systèmes de surveillance actuels se limitent à la visibilité directe et aux zones densément peuplées. Aireon exploitera les avancées de l’ADS-B actuellement en cours, et les développera à l’échelle mondiale afin d’améliorer significativement l’efficience, d’étendre la sécurité, de réduire les émissions, et de fournir des économies de coûts aux parties prenantes du secteur de l’aviation. En partenariat avec plusieurs FSNA leaders à travers le monde, tels que NAV CANADA, ENAV, l’Autorité irlandaise de l’aviation (IAA), Naviair et Iridium Communications, Aireon développe un système de surveillance du trafic aérien opérationnel, mondial et basé dans l’espace, qui devrait être disponible d’ici 2018. Pour en savoir plus sur Aireon, rendez-vous sur : www.aireon.com.

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ASECNA to Deploy Space-Based ADS-B in Western and Central Africa

Aireon and Agency for Aerial Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA) will bring real-time air traffic surveillance to high-trafficked, terrestrial African corridors

MCLEAN, Virginia, Jan. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Aireon announced today that it has signed a data services agreement with the Agency for Aerial Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA). ASECNA, created in December 1959 is an international public organization of 18 members States which headquarters is located in Dakar (SENEGAL).https://prnewswire2-a.akamaihd.net/p/1893751/sp/189375100/thumbnail/entry_id/1_u7i3s0py/def_height/400/def_width/400/version/100011/type/1

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ASECNA’s members states are: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Centrafrique, Comores, Congo, Côte d’ivoire, Gabon, Guinée Bissau, Guinée Equatoriale, France, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritanie, Niger, Sénégal, Tchad and Togo.

ASECNA is one of Africa’s largest Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs), covering 16.1 million square kilometers of airspace, through six Flight Information Regions (FIRs) – Antananarivo, Brazzaville, Dakar Oceanic, Dakar Terrestrial, Niamey and N’Djamena.

ASECNA is responsible for air traffic services in a significant part of the African continent, handling frequently traveled routes between Europe, East and Southern Africa and South America. With AireonSM data, as early as 2019, ASECNA will be able to introduce a continuous layer of surveillance, augmenting existing infrastructure and completing coverage for their entire airspace. This will significantly improve service availability to airlines and enhance safety and efficiency in African airspace.

“The vastness of the landmass that ASECNA is responsible for poses an immense surveillance challenge, especially because it is not always possible to install or maintain ground infrastructure,” said Mohamed MOUSSA, ASECNA Director General, “With Aireon’s space-based ADS-B, we are looking towards the future, augmenting our capability and providing full, real-time air traffic surveillance to our airlines. This will not only provide a much higher level of availability of services, but will also significantly increase safety, as controllers will be able to see all aircraft, in real-time, across the ASECNA airspace. Safety will always be our top priority, and we look forward to having real-time surveillance in this part of the African continent.”

“The Agreement with ASECNA is a major step towards safety and efficiency in Western and Central Africa, allowing 17 African States to make a major step towards some of the main goals of the ICAO Global Air Navigation Plan,” said Don Thoma, CEO of Aireon. “Safety has long been a top priority in the region, and we are proud to be working with leading organizations such as ASECNA. For the first time, more than half of the African airspace will be under real-time air traffic surveillance.”

ASECNA joins other African ANSPs in the deployment of space-based ADS-B. South Africa’s Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) and Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA) have also signed agreements over the last 18 months.

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About Aireon LLC

Aireon is deploying a global, space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) system capable of surveilling and tracking ADS-B equipped aircraft around the globe in real-time. The system will be used to provide ADS-B coverage that will span oceanic, polar and remote regions, where current surveillance systems are limited to line-of-sight and densely populated areas. Aireon will harness ADS-B advancements already underway and extend them globally in order to significantly improve efficiency, expand safety, reduce emissions and provide cost savings to aviation stakeholders. In partnership with leading ANSPs from around the world, NAV CANADA, ENAV, the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) and Naviair, as well as Iridium Communications, Aireon is developing an operational, global, space-based air traffic surveillance system expected to be available by 2018. For more information about Aireon, visit: www.aireon.com.

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Former President Kufuor gives thumps up to government

Accra, Former President John Agyekum Kufour has said the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo led government has performed creditably in the first year in office.

He said it was easier to destroy than to build, saying; When you inherit a situation where things are down and you have to make things better, it is not easy, especially in a democracy where everybody has an opinion.

He urged Ghanaians to exercise patience and tolerance for the ruling government as it was on course and rolling out various policies and programmes to improve the economy and standards of living of the people.

Former President Kufuor made these remarks when he shared his thoughts on government’s stewardship for the first year at the sidelines of an event in Accra, to outdoor him as the Patron of a mentorship programme, the Ghana Job Bank Initiative.

He said in a situation where everybody was in contention for political power and wanted to be at the helm of affairs, people would criticize the government as if it was not doing anything to improve the lives of the people, adding, no matter the effort you make.

Former President Kufuor asked Ghanaians to respect the laws of the nation, respect the human rights of others and should not talk down on anybody’s opinion.

He said the governance of the country had witnessed ups-and-downs and expressed optimism that things would fall their rightful places in the not too distance future.

He said politicians all over the world often make a lot of promises in their political party manifestoes, but when they assumed the reins of government then they realised that there was no financial resources to execute their programme.

Therefore, he said, any government that experienced such a situation was supposed to plan and earn the confidence of investors to support its development agenda.

Former President Kufuor applauded the Akufo-Addo led government for instituting measures to turn around the declining economy, saying; Within a period of four months, we saw a number of foreign dignitaries and powerful businessmen and women coming to Ghana.

Do you think they will come to Ghana if there is nothing good happening here? he queried.

Commenting on whether the Special Prosecutor Office would make any difference in fighting corruption, Former President Kufuor expressed the hope that the person who would be appointed to occupy the position would not only be a lawyer, but would have the necessarily competence to perform the task assigned to that office.

He said if the President appoints someone with conscience to the Office of the Special Prosecutor and determined to protect the public purse, I believed corruption would be tackled objectively devoid of any bias or preconception, saying: The person must work in accordance with the law without looking at the political party the person is coming from.

Source: Ghana News Agency

We need enterprising and creative youth to leapfrog poverty – Former President Kufuor

Accra, Former President John Agyekum Kufour says the Ghanaian youth require great sense of creativity, entrepreneurial spirit, smartness and employable skills to break through the high level of youth unemployment in the country.

He urged youth to take advantage of the new mentorship programme, the Ghana Job Bank Initiative, to enhance their employable and entrepreneurial skills to overcome the scourge of poverty.

Former President Kufuor gave the advice when he was outdoored as the Patron of the Ghana Job Bank Initiative at his residence in Accra on Tuesday.

The Former President accepted to provide guidance and wise counsel to the managers of the programme to ensure the success of the initiative.

The youth of Ghana must believe in themselves that they can do it because it seems everybody is looking up to government for everything and in this regard, it will take years for us to develop.

I did not know anywhere on earth that people have used poverty to overcome poverty, you overcome poverty by wealth creation and to create wealth, you need to be smart, entrepreneurial and need investments, Former President Kufuor said.

The initiative, which was founded by Richard Ofori-Atta, an entrepreneur and co-founder, Godwin Attiga, an inventor and Cyber Security Analyst based in USA, seeks to provide entrepreneurial skills and provide opportunity for internship for the youth.

The programme, which would be launched in May this year, has two modules, including Business Incubator and Smart Youth Programme, that would offer training in software engineering, digital skills, cyber security programme and open data platform to the youth free of charge.

The beneficiaries would have internship or hands-on training in USA and United Arab Emirates, which would improve their competencies and employable skills.

Former President Kufour said in view of the high rate of youth and graduate unemployment, it was an opportune time for the youth to avail themselves to the opportunity and make a headway in life.

I know there is so much unemployment in the country with almost 40 per cent of our youth not employed and we even got the Unemployment Graduates Association, and it is something that we shouldn’t be proud of it.

If the youth are the future of the nation and we got a situation like this, then we have to be truly concerned as citizens or else our future will not be too bright, unless there is solution to the unemployment situation, he noted.

The Former President said government was supposed to provide the enabling environment and set the framework, and not necessarily to do business, and urged the citizenry to take advantage and be ingenuous.

We often talk about the developed world, but when you go to those places, you will see that it wasn’t the government that started the wealth creation but individual citizens.

It is the industrialists who laid the rail lines and built the skyscrapers, and also created jobs for other people, he said.

He mentioned advanced nations such as the USA, Malaysia and South Korea that relied on the private sector to grow their economies.

He urged the Ghanaian youth to take a cue from those countries and have a mind-set of self- initiative, instead of being dependent on the government.

The Former President applauded some Ghanaian and African entrepreneurs who pulled the chest nut out of the blazing fire to make a difference in life.

He mentioned accomplished entrepreneurs like Alhaji Aliko Dangote of Nigeria, Dr Osei Kwame Despite and his brother Ofori Sarpong who used their ingenuity to set up conglomerate of businesses, Sikens, Albert Osei, Effah Edward, Jospong Group of Companies and Mrs Oppong Berko of Manet Real Estates.

Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, the Minister of Education, for his part, said the Government would focus more attention on nurturing talents, especially in vocational and technical training.

He said developed countries like Germany, China and Turkey achieved economic successes through skills acquisition, education and training and added that, the Akufo-Addo led government was working towards that direction.

Madam Nesrin Bayazit, the Turkish Ambassador to Ghana, gave the assurance that, the Turkish Government would continue to partner Ghana Government to develop the country’s human resource and unearth talents.

She said the Turkish Government has set up a vocational training centre that was supporting training of Ghanaian youth while some Turkish firms had employed some Ghanaian youth.

Mr Steven Blessing Ackah, the First Ghanaian to chair the G200 Youth Summit, and Rahim Banda were outdoored as ambassadors for the Ghana Job Bank initiative.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Water for Rural Africa calls on Former President Rawlings

Accra, Management of Water for Rural Africa, a Non-Governmental Organisation, has paid a courtesy call on former President Jerry John Rawlings at his residence in Accra.

The visit was to inform former President Rawlings about the launch of the NGO slated on January 18 and to solicit his advice on the way forward in improving water and sanitation in the country and across the continent.

Former President Rawlings commended the organization for its effort to champion the Sustainable Development Goals six � Clean Water and Sanitation.

He expressed concern about the activities of people who pollute the water bodies saying all are needed to come on board to find a lasting solution to this challenge which has affected the country for many years.

The Former President said water is life and it is imperative for all to protect the water bodies from destruction.

He said the water used in cities for sanitation purposes was sometimes cleaner than the water used in some the rural communities and urged corporate organisations as part of their social responsibilities to come to aid of communities that lack quality water supplies.

Former President Rawlings said there is the need to embark on an educational exercise to educate the citizenry on the dangers of polluting water bodies and the need to ensure personal hygiene.

He pledged his support to the organisation and said he would do everything possible to get on board international partners to realise the objectives and vision of the organisation.

Dr Donald Senanu Agumenu, the President of WRA, said the organisation was established in 2017 and works for the social development of the vulnerable and less developed communities in rural Africa.

He said the organisation designs and implements various projects in the water and sanitation sector with financial and technical support from international donor agencies.

He said their outfit has constructed boreholes in communities of the Akatsi North District in the Volta Region to provide access to clean water and that its vision was to drill 1000 boreholes in the country and 10,000 on the continent.

This, he said, was critical because the absence of water affects all sectors of social development including industrialization, education, health and sanitation.

Togbe Hodzi Dunyo IV, Vice President of Ave Council of chiefs in the Volta Region, has also thrown his weight behind the organization and called for development partners for assistance.

His Royal Majesty Dr Eze Jude Ihenetu, the King of the Igbo Community in Ghana, said Ghana was a blessed land because of its peaceful atmosphere and that the Nigerian Community in Ghana would support them to advance their vision.

He appealed traditional leaders to support the agenda of the NGO to improve the lives of rural communities in the country.

Source: Ghana News Agency