Egypt heads Africa space programme.

Position:Kaleidoscope - African Union's choice as headquarters of African Space Agency - Brief article

Africa's bid to emerge as a space power has taken another step as the African Union (AU) announced Egypt as the headquarters of the African Space Agency.

Egypt's bid to host the agency topped similar proposals from Nigeria and Ethiopia.

One of the main aims of the agency is to encourage African nations to work collaboratively, and to minimise the "duplication of resources and efforts".

Its objectives include "strengthening space missions on the continent in order to ensure optimal...

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