GIS - 05 November, 2015: Mauritius is currently hosting the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) Project African Partner Countries Senior Officials Meeting, which is reviewing progress, identifying and eliminating bottlenecks pertaining to the SKA project.
The two-day event which opened this morning at Pearl Beach Hotel, in Flic-en-Flac, has as objectives to examine progress achieved as regards the SKA’s action plan; consider inputs on a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) submitted during a meeting held in March 2015 in Pretoria; and finalise the MoU for tabling at the next SKA African Working Group meeting and, thereafter, for signing by the respective Ministers of the SKA African partner countries by March 2016.
The SKA Project, awarded to Southern Africa by the International Astronomical Community in 2012, is a major science, technical and policy project for the African region.
It is being implemented by nine SKA partner States, namely: Mauritius, South Africa, Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, Zambia, Madagascar, Ghana and Mozambique.
As a driver of Science and Technology for the African region, the project focuses on the following:
- Big Data and High Performance Computing implications on communications;
- Research and Development, with benefits not only in Astronomy, but also in Engineering, ICT and the Sciences;
- The associated pulling up of the TVET Sector; and
- Community science outreach.
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