UAE Space Agency visits Republic of Belarus

by Clayton Vallabhan | August 30th, 2015

UAESA Belarus visitThe UAE Space Agency  conducted an official visit to the Republic of Belarus, to help develop governmental  and industrial relations and cooperation within the space sector, and to communicate the UAE’s space programs and initiatives.

The UAE delegation was led by H.E. Dr. Khalifa Al Rumaithi, Chairman of the UAE Space Agency, H.E. Dr. Mohamed Nasser Al Ahbabi, the Director-General, and a number of senior officials from the Agency. They met with a delegation headed by Sergei Gerolov, Chairman for Industries Council in the Republic of Belarus, First Deputy Director-General Chief Engineer of Peleng, the industrial arm of the Government of Belarus.

Both sides discussed ways of cooperating between their space institutions and how to make use of experience and expertise within space science and technology that will help both nations further advance their space industries. This also included discussions on education, scholarships  and programmes that will enable the development of national capabilities.

During the visit, the UAE Space Agency delivered a detailed presentation on the space sector strategy in the UAE, its objectives, initiatives, programs and priorities. The Agency also outlined its educational programs and masters, which were launched in cooperation with a number of universities and specialized institutions.

The Belarusian delegation praised the efforts of the UAE in establishing a Space Agency and for the launch of the Mars probe mission. The delegation expressed a  desire to expand the horizons of joint cooperation and coordination in future space projects.

The visit also involved a tour of Peleng’s HQ to allow for familiarization of its projects and Belarus’ national scientific and academic endeavours.

For its part, the UAE Space Agency praised the efforts of the Republic of Belarus in its quest towards developing a scientific footprint by contributing to the global space sector. The Agency noted the close relationship and economic partnerships between the two nations that provide many opportunities, particularly within the space sector.

The visit comes as part of a global tour for the UAE which included participating in a recent UN gathering in Vienna for the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) as well as a visit to the Paris Air Show.

The UAE Space Agency has highlighted that these visits aim to demonstrate to the international community, the Agency’s achievements and plans as well as exchange experiences  and discuss ways of cooperation. All of which plays a big role in developing the space sector both nationally and regionally and positions the UAE at the forefront of space exploration.

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