Addis Ababa July 13/2017 Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn said Ethiopia will not rely on any country to launch its own satellite, which would be instrumental in speeding up the overall economic growth.
Hailemariam said at the first ordinary meeting of the Ethiopian Space Science Technology Council on Wednesday, satellite launching programs of the country need to be considered differently when it comes to financial assistance.
Hailemariam, who is the Chairperson of the Council, said Ethiopia will develop and launch its own satellite technology by itself.
The Council that discussed on the proposed 12-year plan for the area, agreed on the need first to formulate policy and strategy that would guide the development of space science technology in Ethiopia.
To realize this, the Council has agreed for the establishment of a technical committee to monitor the progress.
Members of the Council have also agreed on having work guideline and reached a consensus to regularly meet every year.
Similarly, the 8th regular meeting of the National Science and Technology Innovation Council was held on Wednesday.
The meeting, chaired by PM Hailemariam has emphasized the need to prioritize massive human resource development which has been a hurdle to the development of the sector.
Noting that far less of the expected outcome was performed in industry-university linkage in taking large number of internships on the basis of mutual benefits, the premier urged the Council to come up with a legal framework to enhance it.
In this regard, the Ministry of Science and Technology has finalized preparations to open a school for talented and gifted students with exceptional intelligence in science and technology as part of human development.
After discussing on the proposal on the implementation of collaborative research to maximize foreign fund for researchers in the area, Hailemariam emphasized the need to focus on local resources to fund science and technology innovations.
As collaborative researches tends to focus on donor driven projects, they will fail to address social problems and force researchers to focus on interests of donor that may not tally with the basic development needs of the country, Hailemariam indicated.
“To date the fund allotted for research has grown from 5 to 179 million USD and if that is not sufficient we can raise it up to one or two billion, but that is not the real problem as we must ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of the researches in alleviating social problems in the country,” the premier stressed.
he council has also came up with a roadmap with some 20 priority areas, which are crucial in minimizing duplication of efforts and loss of resource, with specific focuses on cement, railway, textile and other areas.
After evaluating activities carried out in science and technology in universities, the Council has appreciated the preparation of launching 65kg Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite, the progress of Assembling Integrating and Testing (AIT), and the completion of feasibility study on launching a satellite for communication and broadcast.