The main goal of the SEAGAL project is to set up a Collaboration Centre enabling joint activities in research, technology transfer and training in the field of GNSS between Europe and South-East Asia. This document presents the results of the activities carried out in WorkPackage 2 of the project.
A general picture of South-East Asia, the region in which the Collaboration Centre will operate, is given with major focus on GNSS related activities and initiatives. Particular attention is devoted to Vietnam, where the Centre will be located, and Thailand, one of the most important economies in the region.
Existing policies relating to GNSS are presented along with those relating to cooperation with Europe. Although major differences exist among countries in the region, a widespread interest in GNSS technologies and their potential impact on citizens’ quality of life is present. Governmental actions and decisions to use GNSS leads to improved infrastructure and services. Specific actions have been undertaken recently by the Vietnamese Government, which enforce the consortium’s decision to base the Cooperation Centre in this country.
In addition, an overview of the economical situation is provided together with a high-level analysis of the use of GNSS in area and related trends. Indeed, the economic situation of the countries in the region is rather varied as is the current use of the GNSS technology.
However, the sharp economic growth experienced by the region over the past few years encouraged national governments to equip their countries with state-of-the-art technologies and to provide their population with the opportunity to exploit them.
These developments clearly indicate that there is a potential market for GNSS applications in the region over the coming years, especially if the world economy rebounds. Indeed, most of the countries are looking to GNSS-provider countries for advice in the use of GNSS technology, especially in those sectors that can have an impact on their economies.
In this framework, a request for international cooperation in the field of education, research and technology transfer comes from countries in the region and from Vietnam in particular, as indicated by the recommendations in the last chapter of this document.