Egypt’s Minister of Higher Education Khaled Abdel Ghafar and Ambassador of China to Egypt Liao Liqiang inspected on Sunday the headquarters of the Satellite Assembly, Integration and Test Center in the New Administrative Capital, discussing strategic Egyptian-Chinese relations in the space technology and remote sensing field.
Abdel Ghafar said that the Egyptian and Chinese governments signed in January an agreement to establish the first satellite assembly and testing center in the Arab area.
Abdel Ghafar clarified that the center will help Egypt host the African Space Agency and design joint programs between the African Space Agency and the other space agencies.
Head of the Egyptian Space Agency Mohammed al-Qosi explained the details of the center’s works and satellite devices and gave a presentation on the tasks of the Space Agency.
Egypt and China signed an agreement in August 2018 for a grant worth US$45 million to construct the Egyptian satellite “EgyptSat2” for remote sensing, which will serve Egypt in the field of scientific research, particularly since the project includes the training of a number of Egyptian specialists in China on remote sensing, which will benefit Egypt when it starts its own center for Satellite Assembly, Integration and Test Center.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm