The first space training course organized by the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and the Kenyan Space Agency (KSA) with the support of the United Nations Office of Space Affairs (UNOOSA) started yesterday in Malindi – at the Broglio Space Center). The course, entitled “Earth Observation and Remote Sensing, Space Science, Law and Policy”, will take place until December 13, 2019, and sees the participation of 13 students from ten African countries.
The opening ceremony took place in the presence of the Italian Ambassador to Kenya and Seychelles, Alberto Pieri, and of the Deputy Commander of the Navy, William Charo Kombe. The work was opened by a greeting in direct from the President ASI Giorgio Saccoccia, who recalled the long space cooperation between Italy and Kenya started with the San Marco Base. This collaboration has allowed us to start a training course dedicated to all African countries, in the belief that space technology and applications are one of the tools necessary for the socio-economic development of the African continent.
Congratulations were received from Vienna by the Director of the United Nations Department of Space Affairs, Simonetta Di Pippo, who said that space can provide Africa with tools capable of substantially improving policy development, accelerating development sustainable across the continent. The young participants in this first course will be part of this process of change, bringing back the skills acquired in their respective countries and organizations. For KSA, the General Manager, John Njoroge Kimani, and for ASI, the International Relations Manager, Gabriella Arrigo, welcomed the authorities and students. The same, together with other colleagues, in the coming days, will be among the course teachers.