Sub-regional Satellite Sharing System implemented by Southern African Countries

The Secretary of State for Telecommunications of Angola, Mario Oliveira, requested for the implementation of a satellite distribution system for associates of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). This would not only promise better communication and fast reach to information in member nations; however, it will also bolster sustainable development in the sub-region and Africa. 

He made the call at the current Joint International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and SADC Satellite System Sharing framework, on Monday in Luanda. According to Mario, the satellite sharing system is crucial for member nations to progress in the space industry. He also requested for the extension of the workshop to other countries in the region. This would enable them to benefit the health system, education of agriculture, and the space industry in the nations. 

George Ah-Thew, who is the SADC Senior Coordinator for Science, Technology, and information, confirmed that SADC nations enlisting the Satellite Sharing System policies and wish to perform implementation after the task.  

Temporarily, the demand for satellite sharing system arrives, as National Meteorology Institute (INAM) of Mozambique declared, early in the current month that is would shift from the previous satellite system to the fresh one given by China that would permit for many accurate forecasts on the weather predictions, change of climate and possible natural calamities. 

In the previous week, the Prime Minister of Tunisia declared that his nation’s appeal to join ECOWAS, Economic Community of West African States.  In his speech, he confirmed that Tunisia would join the COMESA, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa in the next month of October, after observing since 2015, meanwhile and the nation waiting for feedback on its 2016 appeal to join the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS). This comes after the ‘agreement in principle’ for Morocco to link ECOWAS in June this year, six months after the second joining of the African Union, and the same request by Mauritania to join the West African group after it left in the year 2000. 

At the same phase, these changes are just a replication of the status of the ‘dead zombie’ of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU), of which the three countries have always been a member since the year 1989. Likewise, the CEN-SAD activities, the Community of Sahel-Saharan States, faded after the Arab Spring and Libya crisis providing even more causes to check elsewhere.

David Turner