Ghana Approves Policy to Leverage Space Science and Technology for Sustainable Development

According to the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), Dr Kwaku Afriyie, the cabinet has approved the national space policy to provide a framework for sustainable development using space science and technology. The policy, which will coordinate how ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) access and consume space data, will aid the development of the space sector in Ghana.

“Currently, there is no coordination in the way MDAs access data from entities which provide space data, and we do not even consider value for money,” The Minister commented. Dr Afriyie further emphasised that MESTI is actively collaborating with pertinent government ministries and the private sector to harness the potential of space technology. Their collective goal is to restructure the Ghana Space Science and Technology Institute (GSSTI) into a space agency. This agency will play a crucial role in orchestrating the development of human capital, infrastructure, and advancements in space science.

The minister explained that though the government had halted establishing new agencies due to the financial implications, it was important to consider the establishment of the space agency as an exceptional case.