The UAE Space Agency (UAESA) welcomed Philippine Ambassador to the UAE, H.E. Amb. Hjayceelyn M. Quintana together with a delegation from the Philippines Space Agency (PhilSA), to discuss the possibility of potential collaborations in the space sector, as the two friendly nations explore new means to further their 47-year bilateral relations.
The Filipina ambassador initiated the crucial link to engage the two young space agencies to collaborate on ‘limitless possibilities in the near future. Likewise, the meeting stamps a historic advancement in the relationship of the two countries that celebrate its 47th year of diplomatic relations, since August 19, 1974.
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“As we reflect on the adventures of the Philippines and the UAE in space, we see two nascent programs but one united vision. What better way to commemorate the 47th year anniversary of our important diplomatic relations than by bringing together our space agencies to meet, share knowledge and expertise, and discover what we can achieve together. I consider it a distinct honor to be a part of this historic inaugural meeting and chart a new frontier in our strategic partnership which, like space, is of limitless possibilities,” said Amb. Quintana, according to UAE state agency WAM report.
From the UAE’s side, a Space Science Advisor at the UAE Space Agency, Ibrahim Al Qasim, had nothing but praises for the strong and still-growing ties between the two nations.
The two country’s long-standing bilateral relations has been built on decades of mutual collaboration and cooperation across a wide range of strategically important industries.
“Space sector collaborations are essential for both the UAE and the Philippines. As our two countries accelerate the growth and increase investments into this exciting yet nascent industry, there will be many opportunities to collaborate and share knowledge and ideas as we work together to create new avenues for space-based innovation,” said Al Qasim.
Both parties have “bold and ambitious” national roadmaps for the space exploration sector. Thus, the partnership adds great value to each party’s unique interest in development in the field.
Furthermore, this joint work in the space sector will undoubtedly create highly skilled talent, promote economic activity in local industries, establishing a knowledge base for innovation-based economies.