Namibia space science and technology Policy, 2021

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Namibia's Space Science and Technology Policy sets the country's space agenda and contributes to other national priorities set in Namibia's Vision 2030, National Development Plans and other relevant national documents. It also contributes to the Africa Space Policy and eventually to global development aspirations highlighted in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The vision of the policy is to ensure that space science and technology activities in Namibia are well coordinated and contribute to socio-economic advancement. This will be achieved by first improving and regulating space activities in Namibia in line with international best practices and norms. Accordingly, the objectives of the policy are to: firstly, improve awareness of space science and technology in Namibia; secondly, ensure effective collaboration and mobilisation of resources for funding space science and technology activities in Namibia; thirdly, build human and institutional capacity in space science and technology; and finally, ensure optimal access and utilisation of space technologies. Each objective is linked to at least one strategy. The development of this policy has taken into consideration the existing regulatory frameworks which respond to key social and economic challenges experienced at international, regional and national levels. This Policy document is aligned to international, regional and national regulatory body and frameworks such as the United Nations Committee on The Peaceful Use of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS), Africa Space Policy, Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa 2024 (STISA 2024), Africa Science and Technology Consolidated Plan of Action, SADC Protocol on Science, Technology and Innovation, (Namibia) Vision 2030, National Development Plans (NDPs), The National Agriculture Policy (2015); Communications Act, 2009 (Act No. 8 of 2009); Environmental Management Act, 2007 (Act No. 7 of 2007); Land Use Planning Towards Sustainable Development Policy (2004), as well as Namibia Central Intelligence Service Act, 2007 (Act No. 10 of 2007). This policy is guided by a set of principles including the use of space science and technologies for peaceful purposes, sustainable development, expanding collaborations, developing human, institutional and national capacity, stimulating innovation, and security commitments.

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