The 5th Expert Group Meeting on the Development Plan of Cooperative Activities of APSCO (2021-2030) was held from 29th June to 3rd July, 2020 through teleconference. The Development Plan Committee Members and Experts from all Member States of APSCO participated in the meeting. The main objective of the meeting was to discuss and finalize the draft Development Plan of Cooperative Activities of APSCO (2021-2030). New cooperative activities/projects proposals were presented and evaluated by the Development Plan Committee during the teleconference.
Dr. Li Xinjun, Secretary-General of APSCO, gave a welcome speech on behalf of the Secretariat. He emphasized that the Development Vision-2030 of APSCO will play the important role as the main driver of this new Plan. He also expected the new Plan will address pragmatic guidelines for implementing cooperative projects in the essential space domains and activities on space education, training, capacity building, as well as space law and policy to bring mutual benefits for all Member States. At the Opening Session, the APSCO Development Plan Committee was formally established and was assigned the responsibility to play the crucial role in the drafting, reviewing, updating, maintaining and tracking the Plan.
During the meeting, the draft Development Plan of Cooperative Activities of APSCO, based on inputs and comments received from Member States, was opened and fully discussed with all participants. New proposals were presented by Member States, in the domains of Space Technology Development, Space Science, Space Application, DSSP Application, Education and Training as well as Space Law and Policy. After each proposal presentation and Question & Answer, the evaluation and scoring for all proposals were conducted by the Member States Development Plan Committee. The priority results for the proposals have been listed in the Development Plan of Cooperative Activities of APSCO (2021-2030).
As the final conclusion of the meeting, with great contribution and cooperation of Development Plan Committee and experts from all Member States, the draft Development Plan of Cooperative Activities of APSCO (2021-2030) have been finalized. The APSCO Development Plan Committee unanimously agreed to propose the draft Development Plan of Cooperative Activities of APSCO (2021-2030) to the 13th Administrative Heads Meeting for their recommendations to the APSCO Council for approval.