Monday 8 July in Paris, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall met Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, Egypt’s Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, to discuss prospects for space cooperation between France and Egypt as it prepares to set up a new space agency.
Space cooperation with Egypt is a natural extension of its bilateral relations with France as the Egyptian space sector seeks to move into higher gear and in light of the existing commercial relations between the two nations. Egypt is also set to host the headquarters of the future African Union space agency in its capital.
While cooperation between the French and Egyptian space agencies is only just getting started, France has longstanding industrial ties with Egypt, in particular in the fields of Earth observation and telecommunications. Today’s meeting with the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research laid the foundation for broader cooperation in capacity building and training in the use and development of space. It will be followed up in the weeks ahead by technical meetings to establish concrete bilateral projects.