The 15th Meeting of APSCO Council was held from 9-11 November 2021, virtually. The distinguished Council Members/ Representatives of Council Members and accompanied delegates from Member States: Bangladesh, China, Iran, Mongolia, Pakistan, Peru, Thailand and Turkey, in all 54 participants, attended the Meeting.
Mr. Amer Nadeem, Chairman of APSCO Council (Chairman of SUPARCO Pakistan), Chaired the Meeting and welcomed the distinguished Council Members, their representatives and delegates from the Member States of APSCO. Madam Yu Qi, the Secretary-General of APSCO, presented the report of the Secretary General to the Council and reported the progress on activities of APSCO in the year. She also shared her insight on the development of the organization in the future. The respective Director-Generals presented detailed reports and proposals of APSCO cooperative activities to the Council for review and approval.
This year, the Council approved APSCO Project Implementation Plan (2021 - 2025), and the Amendment of the “Rules on Cooperative Activities of APSCO”, which shall set up the roadmap for projects implementation in upcoming years. Among other items, the Council also approved the MoU between APSCO and Land Satellite Remote Sensing Application Center, Ministry of Natural Resources of P.R. China (LASAC), on Satellite Remote Sensing Cooperation and the MoU between APSCO and National Space Science Center (NSSC), for cooperation in Space Sciences. The approval of these activities shall bring new cooperation opportunities and shall help expansion of APSCO activities and their benefits to the Member States and the region.
Besides approval of the projects and activities, the Council also elected Mr. José Antonio GARCIA MORGAN, CEO CONIDA-Peru, as the Chairman of APSCO Council; Mr. Putchapong Nodthaisong, Secretary General of the National Digital Economy and Society Commission (ONDE)-Thailand, as the First Vice Chairman; and Mr. Serdar Hüseyin Yıldırım, President of Turkish Space Agency-Turkey, as the Second Vice Chairman, for the period of 2022-2023.
At the end of the meeting, Signing Ceremonies of the Agreement between APSCO and CNSA on Cooperation in the Field of China’s Remote Sensing Satellite Data, MoU between APSCO and LASAC on Satellite Remote Sensing Cooperation, and the MoU between APSCO and NSSC were held at APSCO Headquarters, hosted by the Deputy Secretary-General, Dr. Ferhat Fikri Ozeren, and witnessed virtually by the Council Members/Representatives of the Council Members.