Ethiopia, Kenya sign space cooperation agreement with France


During the trip of Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, in East Africa, from 11th to 14th of March 2019, Ethiopia and Kenya were each able to win a space cooperation agreement with the European country. It will enable these countries to increase their skills in various space areas, including telecommunications, navigation, meteorological services, cartography, forest monitoring, natural disasters, climate change, agriculture, defense. 

The agreement between Ethiopia and France was signed in Addis Ababa, on March 13, 2019, between Solomon Belay Tessema, Director General of the Ethiopian Institute of Space Science and Technology (ESSTI), and Jean-Yves Le Gall, the president of the National Center for Space Studies (CNES). This agreement covers the Space Climate Observatory (SCO), designed to measure the impacts of climate change, as well as space applications for water resources management, forest and crop monitoring, health care and development. connectivity. The one with Kenya was signed on March 14th.

During the African trip of its president, France also discussed a strengthening of its space cooperation with the African Union Commission. The discussions, to this end, brought together Sarah Anyang Agbor, Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology (HRST) to the African Union Commission, and Frédérique Vidal, the French Minister for Human Resources. Higher Education, Research and Innovation. One of the points of this strengthening of cooperation is the operationalization of the Institute of Space Science of the Pan-African University.

Source: Agence Ecofin