African Space Leadership Conference (ASLC) To Hold Biennially; SANSA To Host Next Conference

ALC 2019
Dr Mekuria and others at ALC 2019. Photo Source: Twitter @a_tensae #ALC2019.

Participants at the just concluded African Space Leadership Conference held from 2-4 December at the UN-ECA Hall, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, reached a consensus for the conference to be held on a biennial basis.

The conference themed: “Prospects and Challenges of African Space Development “, emphasised the role of youth in policymaking, the participation of women in the industry and governance.

According to the new timeline, the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) will host the 9th African Space Leadership Conference in Durban, slated for late October 2021.

Resolutions included a name change for the conference to reflect the growing scope and pace of developments in the African space arena.

An interim constitution for the congress was also adopted alongside the proposal for the establishment of an ASLC Women Forum, with a resolution to discuss and adopted the final constitution at the next assembly in Durban, South Africa.

The African Leadership Conference on Space Science and Technology ( now known as “the ASLC”) is a regional event to promote intra-African cooperation in the uses of space science and technology to support Africa’s development. The inaugural conference took place in 2005, in Abuja, Nigeria. The ASLC has come to be regarded as a representative African forum in the global space community.

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