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Space solutions can address economic development issues in Africa. While the region developed limited space capabilities prior to 2010, interest in space has been growing fast: space interests in Africa are mostly on Earth Observation, in particular for drought monitoring and natural resources mapping. There is also significant potential for applications for food security, agriculture and cattle farming.  

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Space capabilities and market maturity vary greatly significantly across Asia: while some countries with well-developed space ecosystems have autonomous access to space capabilities, others have under-developed space markets that could benefit from EU space capabilities. The drone industry, the development of traffic management devices, automated driving or Search & Rescue operations could significantly benefit from Galileo’s services. There is high potential for the climate change and agriculture sectors to benefit from Copernicus services.

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Central America & Caribbean, South America

Latin America has seen a recent surge in investments targeting its space capabilities. The region’s main economic and social challenges are associated with resource management, agriculture and emergency response, raising opportunities for Copernicus services and data in a region frequently hit by natural disasters.

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European Neighbourhood

The region features both advanced and developing space economies. These are experiencing the birth of a private space sector, thanks to national space programme strategies relying on private funds. Market opportunities for European companies in the area are expected to lie in the agricultural, emergency response, transportation, and telecommunications sectors.

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North America

The United States and Canada are major global space services providers. Their dynamic and well-established private sector fosters national preference for domestic products and services. Most opportunities lie in the downstream sector for commercial applications, as well as science and exploration. 

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The Gulf Countries

The Gulf region is host to a wide range of space actors, ranging from relatively advanced space players with ambitious long-term targets to countries with a more marginal space sector. To overcome their economic dependence on oil and gas resources, countries in the region are implementing diversification plans focusing on sectors such as renewable energies, transportation, tourism, trade and infrastructures. 

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The Pacific

The Pacific region includes a diverse mix of economies, ranging from highly developed markets to less developed economies.  For the moment however, the EU Global Action on Space in the region only covers Australia and New Zealand. Earth Observation assets and applications are the primary drivers of investments in space due to the region’s extreme vulnerability to the effects of global warming and the importance of its primary sector (agriculture, forestry and fishery, as well as mining). Earth Observation capabilities are mainly used for resource management and environmental monitoring.  

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