US-Africa Leadership Summit: Nigeria & Rwanda become first African signatories of Artemis Accords on space collaboration 

US-Africa house partnership will assist tackle challenges like local weather change, biodiversity & international meals crises

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Nigeria and Rwanda grew to become the primary African signatories of the US Nationwide Aeronautics and Area Administration (NASA)-led Artemis Accords on house collaboration, in keeping with assertion by the US White Home December 13, 2022.

A complete of 23 nations have signed on to the Artemis Accords that have been introduced by NASA and the US Division of State in 2020. They’re formally described as ‘a set of ideas to information the following section in house exploration, and promote the useful use of house for all of humanity’.

In 2020, NASA and the state division had introduced the institution of the Artemis Accords.

US and African house businesses got here collectively on the US-Africa Management summit December 13 to advance house exploration and tackle points akin to local weather change and international meals disaster. Professor Isa Ali Ibrahim, Union minister of communications and digital economic system, signed the Artemis Accords on behalf of Nigeria on the first-ever US-Africa Area Discussion board held alongside the summit.

On behalf of Rwanda, Francis Ngabo, chief govt of Rwanda Area Company, signed the accords.

“As the primary African nations to signal the Artemis Accords, Nigeria and Rwanda exemplify the worldwide attain of the accords and are demonstrating their management in house exploration,” mentioned NASA Administrator Invoice Nelson, including: 

In an period the place extra nations than ever have house programmes, in the present day’s signings spotlight a rising dedication to make sure house exploration is carried out responsibly.

Industrial house cooperation partaking the non-public sector was additionally mentioned between US and Africa. A number of US firms have just lately introduced new investments within the US-Africa partnership. 

Planet Labs PBC, as an example, is offering satellite tv for pc information insights to regional reinsurance firm, ZEP-RE, Kenya, for its work with the World Financial institution on drought risk protection within the Horn of Africa. ZEP-RE goals to assist over 250,000 pastoralists by increasing its insurance coverage programme.  

Learn extra: Africa in space: Continent has a lot to gain, but proper plans must be put in place

The World Financial institution-supported drought threat safety programme referred to as ‘DRIVE’ is in collaboration with governments of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. 

Nigeria presently has a goal to deliver no less than 70 per cent of the inhabitants beneath broadband protection by 2025, in keeping with the Nationwide Broadband Plan (2020-2025).

Starlink, the high-speed, low-latency broadband service of the Area Exploration Applied sciences Corp (SpaceX), shouldn’t be out there in Nigeria (first in Africa) and is anticipated to contribute in direction of Nigeria’s objective of broadband protection. SpaceX, is an American spacecraft producer, launcher and a satellite tv for pc communications company with headquarters in California. 

Zipline, one other American firm, is utilizing house information to broaden its aerial logistics providers to extra authorities sectors in Rwanda. 

This contains well being, agriculture, finance, e-commerce and tourism divisions. It has set itself a goal of conducting practically two million on the spot deliveries throughout Rwanda by 2029. 

Learn extra: 

Africa has ambitious goals for 2063: plans for outer space hold the key to success

Africa in space: Continent has a lot to gain, but proper plans must be put in place

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