Celebration of My Dream in Space
CAIRO - 13 September 2023: It gives me a great pleasure to celebrate with you today’s event “My Dream in Space” which connects Chinese astronauts and African Teenagers.
Involving Egyptian and African Teenagers in space related activities is foreseen to strengthen and expand the Egyptian / Chinese collaboration to Africa and the Middle East and to maximize the benefit of the huge investment in building a robust foundation for space technology in Egypt within the framework of the strategic, long term, partnership and friendship between Egypt and China where space is a pivotal part of such partnership.
The Egyptian / Chinese partnership has been brought to fruition by the establishment and the commissioning of the satellite Assembly, Integration and Testing Center (AITC), the largest in Africa and the Middle East. In addition, over the last three years, the Chinese experts worked with the engineering team of the Egyptian space agency on the development of the earth observation satellite, Misr Sat 2, which has been successfully tested and is ready to be launched in December 2023.
This collaboration enabled the training of Egyptian engineers on the design, assembly and integration of mini satellites. Today’s event falls within the strategic vision of the Egyptian Space Agency for spreading awareness among the general public for space technology and space sciences, preparing a new generation capable of introducing creative ideas and getting engaged in this fastgrowing field.
What we celebrate today integrates well within the ongoing partnerships of Egypt and Africa, where we are currently developing the African development satellite with Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, and South Sudan. In addition, we are developing with Kenya and Uganda a remote sensing camera that will be placed on the Bartolomeo platform developed by airbus on of the international space station.
This, together with hosting the headquarters of the African Space Agency on the premises of the Egyptian space City, is foreseen to enhance the engagement of African Teenagers in activities similar to what we are celebrating today. Thank you for inviting us to be part of this celebration and rest assured that Egypt is fully committed to save no effort in supporting the China / Africa collaboration in various fields with a special focus on space as this will secure a bright future for the new generations of our continent.