The International Astronautical Federation (IAF) and the Centre Royal de Télédétection Spatiale (CRTS), with the support of the Centre National d’Études Spatiales (CNES) collabrated to organize Global Conference on Space for Emerging Countries (GLEC 2019) on 24 – 26 April 2019 in Marrakech, Morocco for the first ever.

First Conference of its kind, #GLEC2019 aimed at actively engaging emerging countries in the space scene by highlighting the socio-economic benefits of space applications; by understanding the various financial models for the optimal resourcing of national space programs; by identifying opportunities for technology and skills transfer; by creating awareness about the base infrastructure requirements needed for operationalising national space programs and by creating awareness on the essential legislative and policy elements that must be considered in establishing the foundation for national space programs.

The Conference programme was designed to bring together the international community, including senior representatives of the major space agencies, industry, governments, policy makers, academia and NGOs. These leaders in the field converged in Marrakech to present results, exchange ideas, debate roadmaps, and discussed the future opportunities provided by space activities to emerging nations.

The comprehensive programme included high-level keynotes and round tables focusing on:

  1. Benefits of Space Technology and Applications to Socio-Economic Development
  2. Financial Models and Resourcing
  3. Technology and Skills Development
  4. Base Infrastructure Requirements
  5. Space Industry Development and Support
  6. Legal and Policy

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