SIGNING OF MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN KENYA SPACE AGENCY AND NATIONAL MUSEUMS OF KENYA ON 12TH OCTOBER 2021
The Kenya Space Agency (KSA) yesterday held a meeting with the National Museums of Kenya at the National Museums of Kenya offices to sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two organizations. The MoU was signed by the Acting Director General of KSA, Col. Hillary Kipkosgey and the National Museums of Kenya Director General Dr. Mzalendo Kibunjia.
The goal of the MoU is to establish a collaborative framework for KSA and NMK to partner in promoting space education and awareness through joint programmes such as the establishment of a planetarium, collaborate in the mapping and digitization of biodiversity and historical sites in Kenya as well as ecosystem and environmental monitoring.
Kenya Space Agency’s mandate is to coordinate and regulate space related activities as well as promote the utilization of space-derived data in support of decision making in the country while the National Museums of Kenya is a multi-disciplinary state corporation whose role is to collect, preserve, study document and present Kenya’s past and present cultural and natural heritage of the purposes of enhancing knowledge, appreciation, respect and sustainable utilization of these resources for the benefit of Kenya and the world. NMK depends quite extensively on satellite imagery and related space technologies in their work and hence the need to establish linkages with KSA
The key aim of the MOU is to facilitate data and information sharing in areas of common interest, optimize cost effectiveness in use of institutional resources by minimizing duplication in research and public education as well as enhancing inter-institutional expertise engagement in projects/ initiatives of common interests.
The MoU will be administered by a Project Management Team (PMT) which will work out a mechanism of reviewing and evaluating the implementation status of the MoU, identify and coordinate the activities of both institutions for joint project identification and monitor implementation of agreed project and activities. Both institutions were represented in the signing ceremony by their respective senior staff.