(Yicai Global) April.11 -- China has established the first overseas center for its BeiDou Navigation Satellite System, the country’s version of the US government’s Global Positioning System, in Tunisia.
The center, located in the capital city of Tunis, will become an important mechanism for Beidou-related technology exchanges with the Arab region, Xinhua News Agency reported the China Satellite Navigation Office as saying.
China is currently developing the third-generation of its Beidou system, which will provide positioning accuracy to within half-a-meter, an improvement from five-to-ten meters under the current incarnation. The country aims to complete its array by 2020, providing full global coverage.
The Tunis center will provide various services to Arab and African countries, including demonstration, tests, training, and joint research. The first satellite navigation training course started today. The center will also help to cultivate more satellite navigation system talent for Arab countries, as well as support the development of the digital economy, and promote the application of satellite navigation technologies, said an official from the Ministry of Higher Education of Tunisia.
China Satellite Navigation Office and governmental body, the Arab Information and Communication Technology Organization, held the first China-Arab States BDS Cooperation Forum in May last year to promote the satellite array’s development in the region. It is expected to provide basic services to regions and countries along the Belt and Road project.