14 January 2020
Ethiopia seeks to boost space science cooperation with China to forge a long term partnership, Solomon Belay, Director General of Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute (ESSTI) told Chinese media. "Chinese assistance in space science, through joint space related researches and projects will help Ethiopia achieve significant technological and economic development," the official said, who also revealed that in the near future, China is expected to help Ethiopia build a continental satellite data receiver station, which can receive and disseminate space information across the African continent.
Belay said with Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa home to the African Union (AU) Headquarter, the continental satellite data receiver station will be ideally placed to disseminate information to various African countries.