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Egypt successfully wins bid to host African Space Agency

Thursday 7 February 2019
1:00 PM
Official MFA Spokesperson Counselor Ahmed Hafez stated that Egypt successfully won the bid to host the African Space Agency. On February 8th, the African Union’s Executive Council took a decision that Egypt would host the African Space Agency (AFSA).

Counselor Hafez added that African leaders, led by the President, will adopt the decision in their meeting on February 11th in the framework of the African Summit. He noted that this decision culminates efforts exerted by the Foreign Ministry and competent technical authorities; especially, the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, to promote the Egyptian bid. They prepared an integrated portfolio that surveyed Egyptian technical capabilities and Egypt’s preparedness to make them available for the service of African developmental goals. This was reflected in Egypt leading the list of countries competing to host the AFSA alongside Nigeria and Ethiopia.

The MFA Spokesperson emphasized that in his statement during the discussion, FM Shoukry was keen to stress that Egypt is delighted by hosting the AFSA because it completely trusts the Agency’s ability to serve the entire continent in remote sensing technology and space science to advance national and regional developmental efforts in accordance with Agenda 2063.​