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Satellite based Technology Services on offer for PNG

India has plans to help PNG with its space technology to provide satellite-based services for capacity building in remote sensing and GIS on mutually agreeable commercial terms.
High Commissioner of India Vijay Kumar, speaking at the PNG-India Business Summit yesterday, said the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) already has end-to-end capabilities in space technology. They hold the world record of launching 104 satellites in a single mission. “We have launched at least 239 satellites for 28 different countries.”
Mr Kumar said that ANTRIX, which is the commercial arm of ISRO, could provide satellite-based services for PNG’s capacity building in remote sensing and GIS on mutually agreeable commercial terms, which would benefit PNG in multiple ways, including in natural disasters, agriculture and fisheries.
“I am also happy to inform that the India-PNG Centre of Excellence in Information Technology has been completed at the University of PNG, which can assist with space technology, with financial and technical support from India, and is now ready to be launched to offer top quality IT courses in PNG,” he said.
“One centre head and two experts are also ready to move from India to run the centre for two years.
“I request PNG government to provide operational funding to UPNG as part of our bilateral memorandum of understanding so that PNG students start benefiting. The centre will become self-sustainable in a couple of years time.
“India is further keen to support PNG in its capacity-building efforts, especially in police force tax and customs. We request PNG to fully utilise the annual 30+ training slots under ‘Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Programme’. These are fully funded by India, including airfares.
“I can assure you, as PNG marches in its journey towards development and prosperity, India will remain a trusted partner.”

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