Tashkent, Aug 31 : Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has signed a decree on the development of space activities in the country, according to which an Agency for Space Research and Technology (“Uzbekcosmos”) will be created under the Cabinet of Ministers, media reported on Saturday.
A law ‘On Space Activities’ will be drafted by November.
"To create the Agency of space research and technologies under the cabinet of ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan (hereinafter Agency Uzbekcosmos)," the decree published by the national UzA news agency read.
Uzbekcosmos will be a government agency and it will be in charge of determining a unified state policy and strategic areas for developing the space program.
Additionally, the country's Ministry of Higher and Secondary Specialized Education was instructed to work together with the newly established agency on proposals for training students and specialists in the space industry educational institution of Europe and Southeast Asia. Beginning on September 1, 2020, the ministry and the agency will be required to ensure that Uzbek students are also annually accepted to such educational institutions in Russia.
In October 2018, Mirziyoyev said, after his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, he did not rule out that an Uzbek cosmonaut might fly to space on a Russian spacecraft in the near future. (UNI)