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African countries advance plans for an integrated regional space programme

Monday, June 23, 2014 - 15:35

African countries are upping the pace for the setting up of an African Regional Space programme, as evidenced by the recent second taskforce meeting of the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET) in Harare.

The meeting witnessed the nomination of taskforce chairs for the programme, which will be led by Tanzania, South Africa, Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Nigeria and Algeria.

Although most of the sessions were closed to the media, the meeting provided updates on the status of the African Regional Space programme and a draft African Space Policy was presented. According to Dr Joseph Mukabana, World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) Director of the Regional Office for Africa said the Zimbabwean government, which is the current bureau chair of the AMCOMET, will later this year forward the recommendations on the programme from the meeting to the ordinary session of the African Union.  Full Article

Source:  Southern Times