Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) & Africa today released its training strategy document which will serve as a guide to its commitment to implement the AU Agenda 2063 which prioritises skill revolution and human capital development underpinned by Science, Technology and Innovation as the bedrock for a viable African space programme.
The 20-page document titled: “GMES AND AFRICA: TRAINING STRATEGY” explains the objectives of the training strategy, the principles guiding stakeholders, methodology and results expected from the implementation.
According to the Commissioner for Human Resource, Science and Technology, Her Excellency, Prof Sarah Anyang Agbor, the GMES and Africa Training Strategy addresses the need to develop critical skills and expertise in Earth Observation(EO) applications, strengthen space-based and in-situ infrastructural capacities of technical institutions in Africa, develop user-centric EO services and foster communication to ensure effective use of services and products that maximises EO benefits.
The strategy also captures the intensification of research cloud at the regional level to strengthen data exploitation skills, and capacity utilization to harness the intellectual capital of trained experts.
It also addresses the fundamental questions: WHAT, WHY, WHO, and HOW the programme will execute its training mandate.
The commissioner hopes that stakeholders will utilise the strategy to develop and harness the full potentials of expertise and capabilities in EO across Africa.
The Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) and Africa Initiative is a contributing programme to the African Outer Space Flagship on EO domain. It is an AU-EU Commission joint initiative utilising and adapting the European Copernicus Programme data and services in the African context. The purpose of the GMES & Africa is to effectively guide the integration of EO data, technologies and services in support of socio-economic development agenda in Africa.
In line with its mandate, the Training Strategy is, therefore, a strategic mechanism conceived to enable, support and drive the implementation of a nascent continental initiative.
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