Defence Cabinet Secretary Hon. Aden Duale today held talks with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Thales Alenia Space Italia Mr Massimo Claudio Comparini during his official visit in Rome, Italy.
The CS noted that the Thales Alenia is one of the global leaders in providing high tech space-related solutions for telecommunications, navigation, Earth Observation, environmental management, among others.
He informed the CEO that, as a developing nation, Kenya contends with a myriad of challenges around agriculture and food security, environmental monitoring, natural resources management, land and physical planning, disaster management, national security, and the adverse effects and impacts of climate change.
He maintained that as a result, Kenya is determined to leverage on space technologies and applications to effectively and efficiently address these challenges.
The two leaders explored viable partnerships on Earth Observation solutions for defence and security applications, broadband communication and developing Kenyan human and technical capacity in space systems engineering and space-derived data analytics among others.
During the visit, CS Duale was accompanied by Kenya’s Ambassador to the Republic of Italy Amb. Jackline Yonga Managing Director of Defence National Security Industries (DNSI) Major General Bernard Waliaula and the Director General of the Kenya Space Agency (KSA) Brigadier Hillary Kipkosgey.