New Delhi: Union Minister Jitendra Singh will lead the official Indian delegation to the United Arab Emirates at the “Abu Dhabi Space Debate” on 5 December 2022.
He will also address the opening ceremony of the event along with Israeli president Isaac Herzog.
Singh will also attend the Ministerial Plenary on the ‘Role of Foreign Policy in Enabling Space Diplomacy and International Cooperation,’ a press release by the Government of India said.
The minister is also scheduled to hold delegation-level talks with Sarah Al Amiri, UAE Minister of State for Advanced Technology and Chairperson of UAE Space Agency to discuss ways and means for further strengthening bilateral space cooperation, it added.
The MoS Science & Technology is also likely to pitch for joint start-up ventures between India and United Arab Emirates in advanced and emerging space technologies during the delegation-level talks with Sarah Al Amiri.
In a statement issued before departure to Abu Dhabi, Singh said, India and UAE joint space cooperation is on the verge of taking a big leap in the Arabian Peninsula, as the two sides have prioritised increased bilateral space cooperation.
He added that the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and UAE Space Agency (UAESA) signed an MoU regarding cooperation in the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes in 2016. The Minister also informed that UAE’s first nanosatellite – ‘Nayif-1’ meant for collecting environmental space data was launched by PSLV from Sriharikota.
The 2-day ‘Abu Dhabi Space Debate’ will begin tomorrow.
With inputs from agencies