Official Opening of the Center of Excellence “China-Arab BDS/GNSS Center-AICTO”
The Arab Information and Communication technologies Organization (AICTO) is pleased to announce the opening of its center of excellence “China-Arab BDS/GNSS Center-AICTO” being established in El Ghazala Technological Park – Tunis within the scope of the bilateral relationship between the League of Arab States and the People’s Republic of China and the cooperation agreement signed by HE/Eng. Mohamed Ben Amor – Secretary General of AICTO and HE/Mr. Chengai Ran , CEO of the China Satellite Navigation Office (CSNO) in Cairo-Egypt on the 20th of January 2016.
The Inauguration Ceremony of the “China-Arab BDS/GNSS Center-AICTO” held on the 10th of April 2018 was attended by high level officials representing the League of Arab States, Arab States ICT ministries (Iraq and Sultanate of Oman), Tunisian Government (Ministry of foreign affairs and Ministry of Scientific Researches and Higher Education), Arab Regional Organizations, large number of high level representatives of Arab States Embassies in the Republic of Tunisia, in addition to a big Chinese delegation led by CSNO’s CEO. Many head of ICT Companies and technological institutions took part to this important event.
During the Ceremony an agreement was signed between AICTO and BeiDou related to the organization of the second edition of the “China-Arab States BDS Cooperation Forum” during 2019.
The “China-Arab BDS/GNSS Center-AICTO” project, is aiming to provide an open platform for Arab users to acquire deeper understanding about BeiDou/GNSS technology through a set of activities such as: training, exhibition, testing & assessment, etc… and will strength the Arab-Chinese cooperation in the field of Satellite Navigation and related services and applications.
The first activity held by this Center was the organization of a training workshop: “GNSS and BeiDou System Deep Understanding” during the period from 11th to 13th of April 2018. More than 40 trainees attended this high level training coming from many Arab countries.
Through this project, the Arab ICT Organization is participating in the Arab efforts aiming to build and empower the Arab Capacities with the required skills and techniques enabling them to master the Satellite Navigation Systems.