Technology and Science Minister Felix Mutati revealed the committee, which composes of twenty (20) members including technical experts from various sectors of the economy.
Mutati explained that the country has a diverse fundamental base of knowledge in space science with the capability to solve challenges in order to attain the Government’s goals.
As you know, the Republic of Zambia has committed to launching a satellite by . The establishment of the space science programme will therefore ensure that this commitment is actualised,” the Technology Minister said.
Some of the steering committee’s functions include development of a framework for regional and international cooperating partners engagement, development of a zero draft national space science policy, and developing the roadmap and implementation plan for the launch of the space satellite to the members of the technical committee.
The announcement, which was shared on social media by various news outlets, has been met with mixed reactions. While some users claim it is a step in the right direction, others feel the government needs to concentrate on other areas first.
Why are we not investing in ICT infrastructure in clinic and hospitals so that we do away with files and paper work so that everything should be digital?” one user commented.
Zambia is considered an inactive country in international space programmes. One notable period when the country made space headlines was in the 60s, when a Zambian science teacher attempted to join a moon-landing mission between the United States and the Soviet Union.