Colombia Seeks Help from India for Space Technology

In a meeting, Colombia indicated its interest in getting India’s support for utilizing the benefits of space technology for national development.

The meeting took place this Tuesday at the Bengaluru situated headquarters of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), between, Colombian Ambassador to India, Mariana Pacheco, and Secretary in the Department of Space and Chairman of the headquarter, Somanath S. 

The space agency said that the Ambassador indicated Colombia's interest in getting India's support for harnessing the benefits of space technology for national development.

Pacheco, during the meeting, expressed satisfaction over the ongoing space cooperation under the India-Colombia Memorandum of Understanding signed back in September 2021, according to a statement given by ISRO.

India and Colombia signed the said memorandum of understanding on space and cooperation and pledged to cooperate in biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. 

The document was signed by India’s Minister of State for External Affairs Meenakshi Lekhi and Marta Lucia Ramirez, Colombia’s Vice President, and Foreign Minister, in the second half of the year. 

Somanath conveyed ISRO’s readiness and said that it will offer all possible support in capacity building through training of officials of user Ministries in Colombia and building the required infrastructure to use satellite data for various applications. 

In a statement, ISRO said, "Building and launching of satellites for Colombia through Indian space entities and reception of satellite data in Colombia for real-time applications were also discussed as potential areas of collaboration," 

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