Outcomes of the Global Conference on Space for Emerging Countries – GLEC 2019

Tuesday 22 October 2019, 15:50 – 16:35
Location: The Walter E. Washington Convention Center – Grand Ballroom C

The International Astronautical Federation (IAF) and the Centre Royal de Télédétection Spatiale (CRTS), with the support of the Centre National d’Études Spatiales (CNES), have co-hosted the first ever Global Conference on Space for Emerging Countries (GLEC 2019) between 24 and 26 April 2019 in Marrakech, Morocco.

GLEC2019 aimed at actively engaging emerging countries in the space scene by highlighting the socio-economic benefits of space applications; by understanding the various financial models for the optimal resourcing of national space programs; by identifying opportunities for technology and skills transfer; by creating awareness about the base infrastructure requirements needed for operationalising national space programs and by creating awareness on the essential legislative and policy elements that must be considered in establishing the foundations needed for national space programs.

The Conference was designed to bring together the international community, including senior representatives of the major space agencies, industry, governments, policy makers, academia and NGOs. These leaders in the field converged in Marrakech to present results, exchange ideas, debate roadmaps, and discuss the future opportunities provided by space activities to emerging nations. The programme included high-level keynotes and round tables focusing on the following Plenary Sessions:

  1. Benefits of Space Technology and Applications to Socio-Economic Development
  2. Financial Models and Resourcing
  3. Technology and Skills Development
  4. Base Infrastructure Requirements
  5. Space Industry Development and Support
  6. Legal and Policy

This Global Networking Forum is intended to provide feedback on the outcomes of GLEC2019 and to chart a way forward for assisting emerging countries within the suite of IAF planned events. This is further in keeping with the Global Innovation Agenda (2016-2019) of the IAF, where a concerted focus on emerging countries has been identified.

Organized by:



Director General, Royal Centre for Remote Sensing (CRTS)




President, Petra Strategy

Kammy BRUN

Managing Director, HEAD Aerospace Group (HEAD)



Former Chair, United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS)

Jean-Pascal LE FRANC

Director of Planning, International Relations and Quality, Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES)


Valanathan MUNSAMI

CEO, South African National Space Agency (SANSA)

South Africa

Krystal WILSON

Director of Space Applications Programs, Secure World Foundation

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