Pakistan approves new policies to boost National Space Programme

President Dr Arif Alvi visited Space Application and Research Centre (SPARC) which is a subsidiary of the Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO).

Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, General Nadeem Raza accompanied the President during the visit, said a news release of Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR). The President was briefed about SUPARCO’s activities and achievements in developing indigenous capabilities in space technology. Dr Arif Alvi lauded the engineers and scientists of SUPARCO for their meritorious services and assured government’s complete support in capacity enhancement of the organization.

Total satellite capacity usage at present in Pakistan stands at approximately 2,200MHz, out of which 21 percent is on Pakistani satellite and rest is on foreign satellite. In financial terms, a minimum of $35-45 million per year is going out of the country.

As per the official summary available with The News, the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication has prepared the policy guidelines draft with inputs of all stakeholders.

The documents unfold that in 2004, “Pakistan Program —The Way Forward” was issued by the Prime Minister Secretariat, enshrining parameters and contours for implementation including administrative, financial and regulatory aspects which needs to be implemented in policy frameworks as voids remain especially with reference to regulatory and financial aspects. The national space assets utilisation could have generated $544 million (Rs85 billion) to date.

It mentions that Strategic Plans Division (SPD) initiated a summary for prime minister in March 2019 to address voids, regulatory and financial issues related to sustainability of NSP which is an all-encompassing space programme envisaging developments in the field of space, having direct linkages with our strategic programme. The National Command Authority (NCA) headed by the prime minister has already approved the NSP.

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