SGAC is Organising the First International Space Industry Event in Benin Republic

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SG [Benin] 2022 is the first ever Space Generation Advisory Council local event in Benin and in a West Africa francophone country. The event themed, “Roles and Impacts of the Space sector in achieving Sustainable Development Goals and Africa Union agenda”, will be an in-person event at the University of Abomey-Calavi, in the City of Abomey-Calavi. 

SG [Benin] will work on the contribution of the space sector to the socio-economic and technological development of Africa and Benin. SG [Benin] focuses on how best to harness the sector’s resources to achieve the African Union’s SDGs and Agenda 2063 and create inclusive and equal societies for all Africans. This SG [Benin] which will be held at the University of Abomey-Calavi will be the first international space industry event hosted in the Benin Republic.

Since the 1960s, space science and technologies have been helping humanity to make important achievements and progress in everyday technology, industry and socio-economic development. In Africa, we are still behind in space sciences, although there are a lot of development challenges we can tackle by using space technologies. A few countries are on top of the most advanced in this race to space, but the majority of African countries are still behind.

The government and different authorities are still sceptical about the role and the importance of space sciences in solving our current problems like access to water, disaster management, climate change, and promotion of STEM, although there are a lot of space enthusiasts in those countries. It is then hugely important to show how space technologies can benefit all, even poor African countries. The UN and African Union see the capital importance of using space technologies to overcome our problems. They place Space science in a major role in helping achieve SDGs and the 2063 Agenda as a motor of innovation. 

To demonstrate this, SG [Benin] will gather space industry experts and young space enthusiasts to think about how space sciences can be used to tackle every African problem, such as economic development, innovation and technology, and access to water and food. 

At the Benin chapter of SGAC, we believe that this outstanding event will brighten Benin’s space sector actors and attract the national authorities’ attention to the importance of the space industry and the benefits it can afford to the development. 

SG [Benin] aims to provide a clear roadmap on how the space sector can help to make UN SDGs and AU 2063 a reality by showing the importance of space technologies to those goals and demonstrating how space technologies can benefit all African countries. This event will gather space industry and young space enthusiasts from Benin and all around Africa.

The event is intended to help : 

  • Understand how space science can contribute to the development of STEM, scientific research and innovation in Benin and Africa, 
  • Take the measure of the contribution of the space sector to economic development 
  • Understand how we can fight against global warming, hunger, and access to water and sanitation using space resources.
Important information
  • Event venue – University of Abomey-Calavi, Godomey, Benin
  • Date – 16 November 2022
  • Time – 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM UTC+1

Kindly check here for more information regarding the event.

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