On Oct 30, 2016, the Secretary-General of APSCO, Dr. Li Xinjun and Mr. Nasir Mahmood, Director-General of External Relations & Legal Affairs Department were invited to participate in a Symposium on ¡°Space Technology for Social and Economic Development¡±, duly organized by the Ministry of Communication and Transport, in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. Only six international speakers including the Secretary-General of APSCO and other national stake holders from government and private sector industry were invited to the Symposium.
Dr. Li Xinjun made a presentation on the topic ¡°Space Cooperation is a Benefit Multiplier¡±. Later, the Secretary-General of APSCO was also invited to informal discussions with the Minister of Transport and Communication and the Deputy Chairman, State Council of Oman. The Secretary-General of APSCO was also invited at a formal Panel Discussion on Oct 31, 2016, on the vision and experiences of the countries and International Organizations in establishing and starting a new space programme.
During the Symposium, the Secretary-General of APSCO also persuaded the concerned authorities in Sultanate of Oman to consider becoming a Member State of APSCO.
The Oman authorities assured of a serious consideration to this valuable suggestion and requested the Secretariat to provide requisite documents to facilitate in decision-making by the Oman government. The Secretary-General of APSCO assured that all the necessary documentation and detailed procedures would be sent to Oman.