The cabinet in the Ghanaian government has approved the space policy and implementation plan which will pave the way for the full operationalisation of the Ghana Space Agency next year.
The announcement was made by the Vice-President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, who said that Ghana was also actively pursuing improved ways to harness the power of earth observations to support planning and decision-making.
The earth observations are weather forecasting and measuring land-use change such as deforestation, monitoring coastlines, and monitoring and responding to disasters, including fires, floods, and earthquakes.
“We see GEO playing a prominent role in fostering cooperation and partnerships among countries to co-design and co-develop programmes and initiatives that support countries with limited earth observation resources and capacities.” he stated.
“The establishment of national GEOs can be instrumental in promoting institutional coordination for the advancement of earth observation activities at the country level. Through impactful activities, countries will experience the GEO value addition and be motivated to actively contribute to the growth of the GEO community,” the Vice-President added.
About The Ghana Space Agency Program
The Ghana Space Science and Technology Institute (GSSTI) is responsible for tthe harnessing, coordination, research, commercialis,ation and explore space science and technology for the socio-economic development of the country.
It was established and officially launched in 2012 abd has set up three major centres focusing on radio astronomy and astrophysics, remote sensing and climate, satellite communications and engineering.