Rwanda, Poland forge space cooperation agreement

By Esther Muhozi
On 27 February 2024 at 05:35

Rwanda Space Agency (RSA), dedicated to space exploration, recently signed a cooperation agreement with the Polish Space Agency (POLSA) aimed at advancing technology in space science and knowledge exchange.

The agreement was signed on February 26, 2024, by the CEO of RISA, Colonel Francis Ngabo and POLSA President Prof. Grzegorz Wrochna.

Experts believe that this agreement marks a milestone in international cooperation in space technology.

These agreements are expected to utilize Poland’s experience in advancing cooperation in space-related projects, benefiting many countries and enhancing their capabilities in developmental programs.

The cooperation also aims at jointly building capacity and promoting technology transfer in space science, with a focus on advancing research and development initiatives.

Colonel Francis Ngabo, the CEO of RISA,, stated, "Rwanda is committed to leveraging space technology to support sustainable economic development. This partnership with the Polish Space Agency opens up opportunities for collaboration in space projects aimed at our collective progress."

Prof. Grzegorz Wrochna, President of POLSA, emphasized that the cooperation between Rwanda and Poland demonstrates a commitment to address contemporary challenges through collaboration and innovation.

In 2019, Rwanda launched the RWASAT-1 satellite, contributing to agricultural development through data collection utilized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources to enhance productivity.

During a three-day visit from March 6th to 8th, 2024, President Andrzej Duda of Poland engaged in discussions with Rwanda, including agreements covering technology transfer, adaptation to climate change, global knowledge exchange, and empowerment.

Rwanda and Poland have a strong partnership, particularly in the field of agriculture. Since 2016, a consortium of Rwandan entrepreneurs has collaborated with ten Polish institutions on projects related to agriculture, technology, forestry, and vocational training, benefiting from Rwandan development initiatives.

Many Rwandans pursue higher education in Poland. Between 2018 and 2020, over 1000 students enrolled in Polish universities, sponsored by both governments and private entities.

Poland is among the leading European countries in education quality. It offers a wide range of academic programs where the education sector contributes 1% of the country’s GDP.

The agreement was signed on February 26, 2024, by the CEO of RISA, Colonel Francis Ngabo and POLSA President Prof. Grzegorz Wrochna.