Egypt's government has announced the approval of draft legislation to create the North Afrikan country's national space agency. This announcement was made through a cabinet statement by Minister of Higher Education, Khaled Abdel Ghaffar on 27 September 2017.
This follows a meeting Egypt's cabinet had with the Prime Minister Sherif Ismail to review the steps to complete the establishment of the Egyptian space agency in July 2017, in the presence of the Ministers of Higher Education and Communications.
According to the government, the aim would be to build and launch satellites from Egypt to serve what they phrased as the country's development objectives. Added to that, the national space agency will represent Egypt in the field of space technology globally and space research.
Egypt has a satellite company, Nilesat, which runs communication satellites that are manufactured and put in orbit by foreign operators.
The draft legislation will be referred to parliament for approval.