Kazakhstan’s Ambassador to Egypt, Arman Isagaliev, yesterday visited Cairo and inspected Egypt’s Space City, which is currently under construction.
He also toured the Assembly, Integration and Test (AIT) Center and the experimental laboratories of the Space Agency.
During the visit, the ambassador met with the CEO of the Space Agency, Dr Mohammed Al-Qousi, to discuss ways to boost cooperation between the two countries in space-related matters, through the Ministry of Digital Development, Innovations and Aerospace Industries of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the specialized Kazakh companies and the Egyptian Space Agency.
Briefings during the meeting highlighted the latest developments in the space industry in Kazakhstan with references to the productive capacities of Kazakh companies in the field.
The Kazakh delegate expressed the country’s interest and enthusiasm to establish small satellite programmes for scientific and commercial purposes, in cooperation with the Egyptian Space Agency.
In his speech, the Kazakh Ambassador extended an official invitation to the President of the Egyptian Space Agency to participate in the International Forum tagged: ” Space Days in Kazakhstan – 2019 ”, which will hold from 13 to 12 November in Kazakhstan capital city, Nur-Sultan.
The forum will host presentations on the theme, “Production of Space Technology”, as well as meetings with Kazakh and foreign companies operating in the space field to discuss mutually beneficial cooperation.
On his part, Dr Mohammed Al-Qousi said that Egypt has many times, used images from Kazakh satellites. He commended Kazakhstan’s achievements in the field of space research and expressed his country’s interest in extending cooperation with Kazakhstan’s space corporates.
The CEO also pointed out that Kazakhstan space law, issued in 2012, was the model guide for the Egyptian side during the preparation of the draft its space law. He expressed his readiness to visit the city of Nur-Sultan and sign a cooperation agreement with the Ministry of Digital Development, Innovation and Aerospace Industries of Kazakhstan.
In February this year, Egypt launched its Egyptsat-A satellite from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The launch is an indicator of future space cooperation between the two countries.
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