Defence Cabinet Secretary, Hon. Aden Duale, has reiterated the government’s unwavering commitment to support the Kenya Space Agency (KSA) in the pursuit to achieve its objectives, emphasizing that investment in space technology is pivotal for Kenya’s socio-economic advancement. Hon Duale made these remarks during the official launch of the Kenya Space Agency Strategic Plan 2023-2027 at the Ulinzi Sports Complex, Nairobi.

The CS highlighted that KSA has witnessed significant strides in advancing Kenya’s space capabilities, setting a clear trajectory for the future. He went further to underline the fundamental role of space technology in national security, disaster management, agriculture, and various other key sectors of the economy.

“It is paramount for us to acknowledge the agency’s pivotal role in enhancing national security through satellite surveillance and remote sensing capabilities, as these will significantly contribute to the growth and development of our nation’s economy,” he noted.

In his address, Chief of Defence Forces General Charles Kahariri hailed the launch of the Strategic Plan as a significant leap forward for the Kenya Space Agency, heralding a new era of exciting advancements.

Brigadier Hillary Kipkosgey, the Agency’s Director General, expressed optimism that, with the backing of the government and key stakeholders, KSA is primed to make enduring contributions in the realm of space science and technology, positioning Kenya as a pivotal player in the global space arena.

The launch of this strategic plan signifies a significant milestone in Kenya’s journey towards leveraging the power of space technology for both national security and development purposes. It paves the way for a future where space exploration plays a pivotal role in our nation’s advancement. Key objectives in the plan include the development and launch of indigenous satellites, the promotion of space education and research, and forging strategic partnerships with global space agencies.

Kenya Space Agency is a State Corporation under MOD mandated to promote, coordinate, and regulate space related activities in the country. The agency’s primary focus is to develop national space capability and enhance the utilization of space services and technologies for national socioeconomic development and to support defence and national security.

Also, in attendance were Vice Chief of Defence Forces, Lt Gen John Omenda, Commander Kenya Army, Lt Gen David Tarus, Commander Kenya Air Force, Maj Gen Fatuma Ahmed, alongside other senior officials from Defence Headquarters and KSA.

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