Egypt reaffirms its commitment to national space development

Dr Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Dr Mohamed Al-Qousi, Executive Chairman of EgSA, and members of the Board of Directors,

Egypt reaffirmed its commitment to develop its national space program through various stages during the Egyptian Space Agency (EgSA) board meeting. Dr. Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, chaired the meeting of the EgSA Board of Directors on Monday, July 4, 2022, in the presence of Dr. Mohamed Al-Qousi, Executive Chairman of EgSA , and members of the Board, at the agency’s headquarters in the new administrative capital.

During the meeting, the Minister affirmed the importance of the role of the Agency to serve the field of space science, localize bio-industry and build generations of technological progress. He also highlighted the interest of the Egyptian state in space and satellite technology for its vital role in achieving the SDGs. During the meeting, the Minister also noted the development of human and scientific capacities in the space industry, following various efforts aimed at localizing space technology in Egyptian universities and raising awareness and interest among students in disciplines and programs. scientists in satellite technology and space research.

The Council also discussed capacity building projects for university education to disseminate space science and technology to university students. These projects include:

  • The satellite project for university students;
  • The summer training project for university students; and
  • The project to help university students train in international space institutions abroad.

The minister stressed the need for mechanisms to monitor what is being implemented in the centers of the Egyptian National Space Program by the Egyptian Space Agency. He also noted a similar need to monitor programs that have been approved by a committee

The council also underlined the importance of coordination between EgSA and the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development to complete the operations of the Cité de l’Espace in 3 years. The results of the work of the working group on the analysis of technological gaps were also examined. In this context, the minister addressed the council with his week-long programs related to space technology to be introduced in
programs of public and technological universities this year. Finally, he called for a clear plan to improve the competence of staff, specialists and researchers.

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