Namibia launches National Space Science Council

SCIENCE AND INNOVATION … Higher education minister Itah Kandjii-Murangi (centre), alongside National Commission on Research, Science and Technology (NCRST) chief executive Anicia Peters (left to minister), National Space Science council members and other NCRST members. Photo: Feni Hiveluah

Higher education, technology and innovation minister Itah Kandjii-Murangi says space technology and exploration stand as the catalysts propelling the nation towards the achievement of its sustainable development goals.

Speaking at the inauguration of the National Space Science Council 2024-2028 on Wednesday, Kandjii-Murangi emphasised the impact of the newly established council.

“The establishment of the National Space Science Council reflects our unwavering commitment to advancing science, technology, and innovation in Namibia,” she said.

She highlighted the critical role of technological advancements in ensuring Namibia’s self-sustainability, urging the nation to keep pace with the technological advancements of the West.

Kandjii-Murangi said the National Space Science Council not only serves as an advisory body for the strategic direction of space programmes but also acts as a vital link fostering collaboration between academia, industry and government agencies.

“The council will provide strategic direction and guidance on policy matters pertaining to space science and technology.”

Kandjii-Murangi stressed the need for Namibia to harness the power of science and technology to address global challenges, ranging from potable water and energy issues, to climate change and sustainable development.In line with this vision, she announced the Bio-Economy Strategy, aiming to integrate bio-economy activities into the national economic landscape.

“This is an indication that the government of the Republic of Namibia has long recognised the importance of research science, technology and innovation,” Kandjii-Murangi said.

The Bio-Economy Strategy seeks to accelerate biotechnology’s contribution to national development, with the potential to alleviate poverty and catalyse sustainable economic growth, she said.

Highlighting the collaborative efforts involved, Kandjii-Murangi said since 2019, the ministry, in cooperation with the National Commission on Research, Science and Technology, has worked alongside the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations and the Bioeconomy Multi-Sectoral Working Group to develop the National Bioeconomy Strategy.

This initiative showcases Namibia’s commitment to harnessing the transformative power of science, technology and innovation for the nation’s progress.

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