Two African countries and France sign a space cooperation agreement

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Ethiopia and Kenya can boast that they have signed a cooperation agreement during the voyage of Emmanuel macron, President of the Republic of East Africa, from 11 to 14 March 2019. If we rely on the signatories to this agreement, it will allow these countries to increase their expertise in a variety of spatial areas, including telecommunications, navigation, meteorological services, cartography, monitoring of forests, natural disasters, climate change, agriculture, Defence.

The agreement between Ethiopia and France were signed in Addis Ababa on 13 March 2019 between Solomon belay Tessema, Director General of the Ethiopian Institute of science technologies (ESSTI), and Jean-Yves Le Gall, the President of the Centre for national space studies (CNES). This agreement covers the Space Observatory of the climate change (OCS), designed to measure the impacts of climate spatial applications for water resources management, the forest and crop monitoring, health care and development connectivity. The one with Kenya was signed on 14 March.

During the African journey of its President, France also discussed a strengthening its spatial cooperation with the European Union Commission African. The discussions, for this purpose, brought together Sarah Anyang Agbor, Member of the human resources, science and Technology Commission of the technology (HRST) to the African Union Commission, and Frédérique Vidal, the French Minister of higher education, research and the innovation. One of the points of this strengthening of cooperation is operationalization of the Institute of space science at the University of Pan african.

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