India and Nigeria sign MoU on space cooperation
The MoU envisages India-Nigeria collaboration in space science, planetary exploration, ground stations, development of micro and mini satellites and joint space Research and Development.
India and Nigeria on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes at the African country’s capital, Abuja.
The MoU envisages India-Nigeria collaboration in space science, planetary exploration, ground stations, development of micro and mini satellites and joint space R&D.
Glad to join Hon’ble Minister @Dr_OgbonnayaOnu in the signing ceremony of India-Nigeria MoU on Space Cooperation is our close friend & largest trading partner in Africa. This MoU is another milestone in relations. @narendramodi @DrSJaishankar @MEAIndia @FmstNg @isro pic.twitter.com/nJzmGaseOo— V. Muraleedharan (@MOS_MEA) August 13, 2020
“It provides for capacity building assistance by ISRO, exchange of scientific know-how, exchanges between academic institutes and joint symposiums/conferences. Cooperation in remote sensing, communications and navigation will benefit Nigeria in the fields of forestry, environment, agriculture, mining, watershed development and connectivity,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.
Over the last 12 years, 49 Nigerian nationals have attended various short-term ITEC courses in India in the fields of Remote Sensing, GIS and Geo informatics, conducted by the Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Dehradun; Geological Survey of India Training Institute, Hyderabad; and Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, Noida.
On the occasion, both sides also agreed to sign a subsidiary MOU between New Space India Limited (NSIL), under ISRO, and Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP), under the Federal Ministry of Environment of Nigeria, on cooperation in use of Geospatial Technologies.
India and Nigeria enjoy longstanding, multifaceted and friendly relations. India remains committed to building capacities and contributing towards the socio-economic development of Nigeria.