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Dear Valued Stakeholder

The framework for an African space programme, namely the African Space Policy and African Space Strategy, has been approved by the African Union (AU) Summit in January 2016. An added resolution of the AU Summit, however, mandated the AU Commission, through a formal AU Space Working Group (AUSWG), to develop an Implementation Plan and Governance Framework for the African Space Programme. The roadmaps for the development of these instruments are complex and straddles across the thematic areas of (i) Earth observation, (ii) navigation and positioning, (iii) satellite communications, and (iv) space exploration. In addition, these instruments are required to focus on sixteen key priority areas that is considered germane to the socio-economic development of the African continent, namely:
1.     Disasters,
2.     Health,
3.     Energy,
4.     Climate,
5.     Water,
6.     Weather,
7.     Ecosystems,
8.     Agriculture,
9.     Biodiversity,
10.   Peace, safety and security,
11.   Human migration and settlements,
12.   Education and human resources,
13.   Communications,
14.   Trade and industry,
15.   Transport, and
16.   Infrastructure.

Specifically, the development of a robust yet pragmatic Implementation Plan for the African space programme relies on access to appropriate information. For this reason the AUSWG has embarked on a process for undertaking a space technology capability audit on the African continent in the various thematic areas. In addition, an in-depth analysis will be conducted, in consultation with lead users on the continent, for the sixteen key priority areas listed above. In this regard, we invite you to please complete this questionnaire for Earth observation and to also assist in forwarding the link to other relevant stakeholders whom you deem important within this thematic area. The deadline for submission of this audit is 15 December 2016.

Your cooperation and support is vitally important for determining the future focus and trajectory for the African space programme and we greatly appreciate your active participation.

Released by:
African Union Commission for Human Resources, Science and Technology

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