ICESCO and EgSA Explore Avenues for Space Cooperation

(From L-R) Ambassador Mohamed El Nokaly and Dr Salim M. AlMalik. Source: ICESCO

The Director-General of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), Dr Salim M. AlMalik, and the Senior International Relations Advisor at the Egyptian Space Agency (EgSA), Ambassador Mohamed El Nokaly, have discussed ways to foster collaboration between both parties in promoting space science and technology. Over the discussion, they explored areas of cooperation aimed at developing scientific research and innovation in space science across all nations in the Islamic world.

The strategic meeting took place on November 3, at the ICESCO headquarters in Rabat, on the sidelines of Al Qubaisi’s participation in ICESCO’s Global Space Science Forum.

Speaking at the event, Dr AlMalik reaffirmed the great importance that ICESCO attaches to supporting the efforts of its member states in developing space science programs and related industries. He also discussed leveraging the potential of space applications to overcome challenges and achieve sustainable development.

Dr AlMalik further noted that the organisation, as part of its new vision and action strategy, endeavours to build close cooperation with all space science actors. The purpose is to collaborate to raise awareness of the importance of investing in space science and technology and integrating them into school curricula. This would allow them to benefit from space applications, and provide opportunities for researchers and scientists to exchange ideas and experiences in these fields. Dr AlMalik added that the ICESCO had signed many cooperation and partnership agreements with several international organisations and institutions. He further highlighted that joint programs and activities are being implemented with these partners along with various donors.

Ambassador El Nokaly commended ICESCO’s efforts to organise a global forum on the promising field of space science that has gained international momentum. He also affirms the EgSA’s willingness to cooperate with ICESCO on organising activities and implementing initiatives and programmes relating to space science and applications.

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