Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar (Poto: Al-Ahram)
Egypt is planning to launch two remote sensing satellites, Nexsat 1 and Misrsat 2, in 2022, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Khaled Abdel Ghaffar said in a statement Friday.
The minister was addressing the Europe-Africa Space Earth Observation High-Level Forum, held in Portugal.
Abdel Ghaffar called for boosting relations binding Africa and European countries in the field of space technologies.
"Building a strong and fair partnership in the space field will be beneficial to all parties and will help stabilize African countries, achieve sustainable development goals and improve life for all residents of the continent," he said.
Hosted by Egypt, the African Space Agency will be an essential accelerator for cooperation with Europe, the minister said.
Egypt will spare no effort to promote multilateral cooperation in the space field, he added.
Abdel Ghaffar urged the European Union to mull the establishment of the "European-African Space Training Program" in Egypt, stressing that the Egyptian Space Agency will provide full logistical support for such a program, which can provide annual training courses and qualification degrees for African students and researchers.