Prof. Michel BLANC, Executive Director, International Space Science School (ISSI), Beijing, and his delegation comprising Ms. Anna YANG, PR & Editorial Manager and Ms. En Lijuan, visited Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization (APSCO) Headquarters in Beijing on Jun 19, 2017. It was his first visit after recently assuming the post of Executive Director to the APSCO Headquarters.
Dr. Li Xinjun, the Secretary-General of APSCO, welcomed the distinguished guests in APSCO Headquarters and thanked Prof. Michel BLANC for sparing time for the visit. Deputy Secretary-General and all international staff of APSCO Secretariat was also present during the occasion. Prof. Michel BLANC reciprocated and thanked Dr. Li Xinjun and all the staff of APSCO Secretariat to provide them the opportunity to visit the prestigious Organization.
Mr. Nasir Mahmood, the Director-General of the Department of External Relations and Legal Affairs made a presentation about APSCO and also apprised the delegation about the on-going activities of APSCO. Prof. Michel BLANC was quite appreciative of the scope and nature of cooperative activities and the quality of Cooperative projects in APSCO.
Later, both sides discussed the possible areas of cooperation between ISSI Beijing and APSCO. Dr. Mohammad Ebrahimi Syedabadi, the Director-General of Education and training and Data Management Department of APSCO expressed that ISSI, Beijing and APSCO had signed a Memorandum of Understanding and mechanism of cooperation is already emplaced. Dr. LI Xinjun expressed that APSCO had organized Space Science School in 2016, in Thailand in collaboration with ISSI Beijing and that was much appreciated by many delegates attending 60th Session of COPUOS and APSCO would like to continue this successful event. Both sides agreed to meet again in second half of July to further crystalize the cooperation and to re-new the MoU. Prof. Michel BLANC thanked APSCO for the hospitality. The delegation also visited the APSCO Exhibition Hall, located within the Secretariat premises.