President Yoweri Museveni has Okayed Russian-Ugandan Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Scientific and Technological Cooperation saying it will boost industrial development in Uganda through the use of space technology in carrying out research.
On Meeting a delegation from the Russian-Uganda Intergovernmental Commission on Economic, Science and Technical Cooperation, Museveni advised that efforts be put on research development in areas of mineral resources, environment, agriculture, land use, national parks as well as developing local human capital and monitoring utility networks among others.
“That development of space science is fast advancing saying the country needs this technology to help in other special areas like frontier border security monitoring. The space science should also be extended to human resource capacity saying that human resource training being crucial should start right away.” He said at state house Entebbe.
He said scientific detection, what he called ‘remote sensing’ of minerals beneath the earth, forests, wildlife and crops provide a complex of combined line of site like it has always been identified in telecommunication systems.
“The space technology installation should also address the components of accuracy capabilities in detecting minerals as also exhibit strong penetration through the clouds and forest canopies.” He said
The Russian Head of delegation Andrey Rashin, said the investment has a comprehensive approach that requires a joint effort of working together with Uganda government by putting resources together to build a national space technology research Centre in Uganda in collaboration with the leading University of Russia in Science and Technology.
He assured the President that to put in place the micro-satellite will not be costly saying that it will be integrated within cost of establishing the space science and technology learning Centre/university considering bilateral cooperation in spirit between the two countries