ABU DHABI, 14th May, 2016 (WAM) — The UAE Space Agency has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Government of Japan, on safe space exploration and strategic cooperation in the short and long terms.

The MoU was signed in Tokyo by Dr. Khalifa Mohammed Al Rumaithi, Chairman of the UAE Space Agency. On the Japanese side, it was signed by Dr. Tsutomu Tomioka, State Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Yosuke Takagi, State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, and Yasuyuki Sakai, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Cabinet Office.

The deal aims to exchange information and knowledge about space, cooperation in research, development of human resources and aerospace industries related to the space sector.

Dr. Al Rumaithi said, “The UAE and Japan have a long-standing relationship across many fields, from business to education. Furthermore, Japan has been a consistent and considerable supporter of our space efforts since the UAE Space Agency’s founding.”

Dr. Tomioka hoped that the MoU would further the endeavours undertaken by the two parties to develop human resources and exchange of expertise between the universities of the two countries.