Sunday, September 1, 2013

African Space Working Group Meets on Strategy

The African Union Working Group on Space Meeting. Credit: hrst.au.int

Africa’s Space Working Group has agreed on a draft African Space Policy and a framework for developing a draft Space Strategy. The African Union said in a statement that the working group had met in Addis Ababa, in line with the March 2010 Fourth African Ministerial Conference on Science and Technology (AMCOST IV) recommendation on the setting up of a Space Working Group to develop a draft African Union Space Policy and Strategy.

The move aimed to mobilise African countries to exploit their space resources in a more coordinated and systematic manner. In November 2012 (in Brazzaville), the Ministers attending AMCOST V took note of the terms of reference of the Working Group and further provided details and guidance on its membership and mandate.

The third meeting of Working Group took place last week, after meetings in Pretoria in December 2012 and Abuja in 2013. The Working Group agreed on a draft African Space Policy and a framework for developing a draft Space Strategy. These documents will be considered by the Ministers in charge of space matters in the continent and recommend them for adoption by the AU relevant policy organs.

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