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Marrakech: Opening of the Global Conference on Space for Emerging Countries

Morocco is able to develop a civil space sector, said Wednesday in Marrakech, the Minister of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy, Moulay Hafid Elalamy.

“Morocco is very interested in this sector after developing in recent years a growing aeronautical sector,” he added at the opening of the Global Space Conference “GLEC 2019”.

And Elalamy to note that the Kingdom has decided “strategically” to invest in the civil space, which is revolutionizing the world, noting that Morocco, which has been interested for some years in aeronautics is, today, really present in this sector, with the presence in the Kingdom of the three manufacturers Bombardier, Airbus and Boeing, which allowed a complete ecosystem to develop around them.

Thus, “we intend to return to the civilian space by working with all stakeholders and interested to play a micro-partition in this globalization of space,” he said.

The President of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), Jean-Yves Le Gall, noted that space activities are undergoing a major change due to technological progress, welcoming the creation by the IAF of a portfolio dedicated to emerging countries.

Le Gall recognized that several emerging countries have made significant progress in this sector, taking advantage of new technologies, calling for more cooperation and exchange of experiences to bridge the gap between developed and developing countries in this domain.

For his part, the Director General of the Royal Center for Remote Sensing Space (CRTS), Driss El Hadani, said that this meeting takes place in an international context marked by a strong transformation of the space sector in terms of technology, governance and security commercialization, as evidenced by the proliferation of both national space projects and international and regional initiatives for space cooperation and coordination.

The participation of the CRTS in the organization of this Conference is part of a process of meetings and events aimed at translating the progress made in the field of technology, space or operational applications to ensure a greater integration of these technologies in the resource management operations and socio-economic development programs, added El Hadani, who is also president of the local organizing committee of GLEC 2019.

He pointed out that the “GLEC 2019” Conference is the expression of the will of all the actors (heads of space agencies, industrialists, academics, decision-makers in charge of development programs) to gather their competences and coordinate their actions in order to make the most of space technology tools, saying that it is convinced that this cycle of space conferences for emerging countries, launched in Marrakech, will continue to promote endogenous capacity building in a continuous and systematic way of emerging countries because the potential of providers can not be fully exploited if human resources do not have the necessary knowledge and skills.

And to conclude that this cycle of conferences will also allow these countries to organize themselves in networks allowing to build a regional and integrated vision as for the setting up and the execution of projects of programs of development on the basis of a true partnership and solidarity.

As for GLEC Vice President Pascale Ehrenfreund, she pointed out that this Conference represents an opportunity for emerging countries to set up a platform for joint programs and a suitable opportunity to allow these countries to be fully integrated in the space chessboard.

Organized jointly by the CRTS and the IAF, with the support of the French National Center for Space Studies (CNES), the “GLEC 2019” is an important event for the agenda of the international meetings dedicated to the space which constitutes an appointment must-attend list of all the global players operating in this field.

The 2019 edition of GLEC brings together more than 300 participants from some 50 countries, including 30 Directors and Heads of Agencies and Space Organizations, as well as numerous industrialists, scientific academics and national and international researchers.

Spread over three days (24-26 April), program is focused, under this Moroccan edition, on the involvement of emerging countries in the space sector. It is intended to discuss topics that focus on the benefits of space technologies and applications for socio-economic development, the development of financial and resource models, the space industry and the legal framework and governance models.

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