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BeiDou inaugurates first overseas center in Tunisia

April 11, 2018  - By

The first overseas center for China’s BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) was inaugurated in Tunis, Tunisia, on April 10, according to the Xinhua News Agency.

The China-Arab States BDS/GNSS Center was established as a pilot project between China and the Tunisia-based Arab Information and Communication Technology Organization (AICTO), an Arab governmental organization under the Arab League, to promote the global application of BeiDou, said Ran Chengqi, director of the China Satellite Navigation Office.

“The center could serve as both a window to showcase the BDS, and a platform for promoting international exchanges and cooperation,” Ran said.

Mohamed Ben Amor, secretary general of AICTO, hailed the center as a unique technology project for the Arab region and the entire world. AICTO will “intensify its cooperation with China in the field of satellite navigation to boost technological advance and economic development in the region,” Amor said.

The BeiDou pilot project will help train satellite navigation scientists and develop digital economy in Arab countries, according to Khalil Amiri, Tunisia’s secretary of state for scientific research. “We are working closely with China to effectively access and develop win-win database services via BeiDou and other satellites for various uses,” Amiri said.

Ran (left front) and Amor shake hands during the inauguration ceremony of the China-Arab States BDS/GNSS Center in Tunis. (Photo: Xinhua)

About the Author: Tracy Cozzens

Senior Editor Tracy Cozzens joined GPS World magazine in 2006. She also is editor of GPS World’s newsletters and the sister website Geospatial Solutions. She has worked in government, for non-profits, and in corporate communications, editing a variety of publications for audiences ranging from federal government contractors to teachers.