The UAE Space Agency is also in talks with the Egyptian Space Agency to enhance cooperation in scientific research, digital technology, data transfer and other space related areas.
Egypt signed the Basic Charter of the Arab Space Cooperation Group at a meeting of member states held during the Seventh Arab Dialogue for Space Cooperation, which coincided with the 72nd International Astronautical Congress (IAC ) to Dubai.
Dr Mohammed Al Qousi, CEO of the Egyptian Space Agency, signed the charter in the presence of Salem Butti Salem Al Qubaisi, Director General of the United Arab Emirates Space Agency, and a number of senior officials from the ‘Agency.
On this occasion, Al Qubaisi declared: âAs a founding member of the Arab Space Cooperation Group, we welcome the signing by Egypt of the basic charter today. The UAE Space Agency maintains close relations with the Egyptian Space Agency both bilaterally and as part of the multinational alliance. This organization plays a key role in driving coordination, cooperation and collaboration among all Member States and serves as a key platform for the future. The Arab Space Cooperation Group was launched by the United Arab Emirates to accomplish an important mission: to strengthen space cooperation in the Arab world. By bringing together our strengths, shared knowledge and experiences, we promote scientific research and peaceful space exploration to accelerate regional peace, progress and prosperity.
Dr Al Qousi added: âThe Arab Space Cooperation Group has achieved significant positive developments by increasing cooperation among Arab countries in the field of space in a short time. The signing of this charter by the Egyptian Space Agency represents the depth and strength of the relationship between Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, particularly in the area of ââspace.
The Arab Space Cooperation Group, which was launched by the United Arab Emirates in 2019, is responsible for coordinating efforts among the 14 member states. It aims to encourage regional cooperation, harmonize regulations between all space authorities, adopt a unified position in regional and international forums and steer future initiatives, projects and exploratory missions.
The Basic Charter of the Arab Space Cooperation Group was adopted at the Sixth Meeting of Member States in November 2019. It aims to improve the exchange of knowledge, technical expertise, experiences and information, as well as ‘to encourage the development of scientific research and innovation to develop advanced space capabilities. The charter encourages members without a space agency or space program to develop them and to cooperate with regional and international organizations.