The Straits Times
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Published on Sep 05, 2012
 

Africa needs own space agency: Sudan's Bashir

 
 

KHARTOUM (AFP) - Africa needs its own space research agency, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir told a regional conference of communications ministers who met on Wednesday as the continent's IT sector grows.

"I'm calling for the biggest project, an African space agency," Mr Bashir said in remarks opening the two-day conference. "Africa must have its space agency."

Known as AfriSpace, it would enable "cooperation among African states in space research and technology and their space applications," crucial to the continent's development, says a working document issued for the African Union conference.

When they last met in Nigeria two years ago, ministers asked the African Union Commission to conduct a feasibility study for AfriSpace. At the Khartoum talks they are expected to ask for AU implementation of the study, which aims to provide a "roadmap for the creation of the African Space Agency."