National Space Policy ready for cabinet’s consideration

Dr Mrs Nana Ama Browne Klutse making a presentation at the workshop.

Dr Mrs Nana Ama Browne Klutse making a presentation at the workshop.

The Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) and the Ghana Space Science and Technology Institute (GSSTI) have developed a National Space Policy ready for cabinet’s consideration.

The policy would guide citizens to efficiently use space services to contribute significantly to socio-economic development.

Speaking at a workshop yesterday in Accra, the Acting Director of Science, Technology and Innovation at MESTI, Mrs Adelaide Asante said the policy was essential in building space science capacities and advance technological development in the country.

She observed that Ghanaians were gradually becoming consumers of space applications and technologies adding that “corporate bodies and government institutions in the country continue to solicit for space services from abroad in areas such as computing, security, weather and agriculture”.

Mrs Asante mentioned achievements made by the country in space science, which include the establishment of the Ghana Radio Astronomy Observatory system and the launch of the Ghana-Sat-1 into space in July this year.

“The policy will guide Ghana to be a much responsible space application user and contribute significantly to the space world to allow for short and long term peace of the outer space,” she stated.

A senior lecturer, Department of Physics at the University of Ghana, Dr Nana Ama Browne Klutse noted that, exploiting the country’s natural and human resources judiciously through modern technology was critical to spur growth of the country.

According to her, the use of space sciences and its related technologies was significant to realise sustainable socio-economic development as many countries had done.

“Many countries in the world have employed space science technologies and applications on their development trajectory because of its useful benefits that cannot be underestimated”, she maintained.

Dr Klutse observed that the inability of the country to discover and produce corporate space products and services was due to fragmented space activities, hence, the need to coordinate and monitor all space science related activities in the country for mutual benefit.

With relevant support and infrastructure, she expressed confidence that Ghana would gain the needed technical competence to be independent in the space industry to provide supervisory, cutting edge services and research to fully participate in the field internationally.

Dr Klutse called for increased awareness on the subject area among various stakeholders in the country in order to develop and harness space applications and businesses for the common good of the country.

By Abigail Annoh and Abeduwaa Lucy Appiah

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