PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa launched the Zimbabwe National Geospatial and Space Agency (Zingsa)
Zingsa seeks to advance geospatial science, earth observation and satellite communication systems.
The use of satellite technology is expected to unlock cutting edge solutions in health, agriculture, mineral exploration, disaster management and the water management sectors.
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The National Geospatial Agency is being spearheaded by the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology Development.
Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Amon Murwira said President Mnangagwa will launch the space agency at the Harare International Conference Centre.
“We are going to launch the Zimbabwe National Geospatial and Space Agency. We are going also to launch the Zimbabwe National Qualifications Framework and the Zimbabwe National Critical Skills Audit. His Excellency is going to do that at the Harare International Conference Centre. It will be a live event,”
said Prof Murwira.
“The functions of Zingsa are to design, conduct research development initiatives that promote advances geospatial science, earth observation, space, science, space engineering aeronautical engineering, astronomical engineering, satellite communication systems, global navigation satellite systems, land positioning systems, unmanned aerial vehicles and the launch of satellite when that time comes.”
He said the space agency will regulate and promote research and innovation aimed at advancing knowledge applications of geospatial science and space science, aeronautical science which is engineering as well as assimilate and disseminate aero space imagery.
“One of the most important things that we’re saying is that it should attach students in order to develop and sustain interest among Zimbabweans and collaborate with students and national research institutions in doing so.
“One of the most interesting things is that we want Zingsa to superintend over the formation of the space industry in Zimbabwe because as you know any industry is associated with its associated manufacturing capabilities,” said Prof Murwira.
He said for any country to grow, it must invest in new projects.
“In short, we’re saying we want it to promote the peaceful use of space and support the environment conducive to industrial development in space technology, advance scientific, engineering and technological competencies of the country as well as to be a conduit for international cooperation in space-related activities,” the minister said.
He said Zingsa in its various sections will contribute to the health, agriculture mineral exploration, disaster management and water management sectors.
Presidential spokesperson Mr George Charamba said last night: