Nam, SA to Cooperate On Space Science

NAMIBIA and South Africa have issued a joint statement confirming their commitment to cooperate in the area of Aomy and Space Science.

The commitment was made yesterday during the official visit of the South African Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, who signed the agreement to confirm the existing Framework of the Scientific and Technological Cooperation Agreement with Minister of Education David Namwandi.

South Africa reaffirmed its political, scientific and technological support for Namibia’s bid to host the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA), a global project that has attracted more than 1 000 scientists from 27 countries.

Namibia is competing against potential hosts like Argentina and Chile, but hopes to get the nod to host the southern hemisphere portion of the CTA near the remote railway town of Aus in the south, and would attract about two-thirds of the CTA budget as it will be the larger site.

Both countries committed themselves to enhancing the human capacity for developing a global competitive scientific and technological community in support of aomy and space science in Southern Africa, as well as to aancing public outreach, promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics education for the stimulation of innovation.

“Namibia is committed to the aancement of science and technology as a driver of national development. As we march towards becoming a knowledge-based, industrialised nation we recognize the need to invest in Science and Research infrastructure to support innovation and technology development. I would like to thank the Minister of Science and Technology of the Republic of South Africa, Naledi Pandor for the overwhelming support her government has given Namibia during the CTA bid process,” said Namwandi.

Pandor encouraged Namibia to “stay on course in investing in aomy, and the drive to host the CTA. I congratulate you on setting up the National Commission on Research, Science and Technology, this is indeed a vital entity and a milestone in promoting Research, Science, Technology and Innovation in Namibia. We are certain that our combined efforts will strengthen our partnership in Science, Technology and Innovation through the opportunity presented by the CTA”.

Source : The Namibian