Mexico and Argentina lay the foundation for the Latin American Space Agency

13/10/2020

Mexico and Argentina signed on Friday a declaration on the constitution of a Latin American and Caribbean Space Agency, informed the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE).

The agreement, signed by Foreign Ministers Marcelo Ebrard, of Mexico, and Felipe Carlos Solá, of Argentina, was announced within the framework of the United Nations World Space Week, said the SRE in a joint statement with its Argentine counterpart.

The Declaration on the Constitution of a Regional Mechanism for Cooperation in the Field of Space represents "the first step towards the establishment of a Latin American and Caribbean Space Agency," the SRE said.

This declaration is the result of the agreements reached at the Latin American and Caribbean Meeting on Space, held on July 2, 2020, and is part of Mexico's 2020 Work Plan, during its pro tempore presidency of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), it said.

Mexico believes that the exchange of knowledge and the generation of capacities in the field of science and technology "is fundamental for economic and social development" in addition to strengthening the integration and autonomy of the region, said Ebrard.

The Argentine Foreign Minister underlined "the role of space as a factor of development" and said that Argentina is promoting the creation of a regional mechanism in this area as long as it allows a better use of resources to face projects from and for the region.

The Minister of Communications and Transport of Mexico, Jorge Arganis, celebrated the signing of this declaration and described it as a historic event.

The Secretary of Planning and Policies in Science, Technology and Innovation of the Republic of Argentina, Diego Hurtado, said that the space sector is strategic for his country, allowing and opening the participation of companies.

Argentina has four satellites in orbit, two geostationary and two Earth observation satellites for the generation of images, and at present a satellite launcher or injector and an oceanic satellite are under development, said Hurtado.

The countries expressed their commitment to invite the nations of Latin America and the Caribbean to adhere to this Declaration in order to strengthen the objective of establishing the space agency.