March 27, 2017

State visit of President Hollande to Singapore. CNES and EDB sign memorandum of understanding

Monday 27 March, on the occasion of President François Hollande’s state visit to Singapore, CNES and the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) signed a memorandum of understanding covering promotion of space cooperation.

Formed in 1961, EDB is a government agency whose role is to encourage and federate industrial initiatives in Singapore. Its Office for Space Technology and Industry (OSTIn), in charge of space, could serve as a foundation for a future space agency, as Singapore has big ambitions in this domain.

The memorandum of understanding signed today in the presence of French President François Hollande and his Singapore counterpart is designed to step up cooperation in the fields of research and space technology, microsatellites and nanosatellites, Earth observation and radiocommunications, and coordination on international regulatory issues. It follows on from the meeting at the Elysée Palace on 18 May 2015, on the occasion of the state visit to France of Singapore’s President, which defined the framework for bilateral space relations between France and Singapore. CNES had previously worked with the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) on radiation effects induced by lasers on microelectronic components under the French-Singaporean MERLION programme.

After today’s signature, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall commented: “The memorandum of understanding signed today on President Hollande’s state visit to Singapore will further strengthen the already close space ties between our two nations. CNES is particularly proud to be establishing this institutional cooperation between France and Singapore, which attaches special importance to science and technology and is seeking to quickly become a major space power in Southeast Asia. This memorandum will enable France to help Singapore achieve that ambition.”

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