Ambassador: TZ friendship goes beyond politics to space tech

RUSSIA Cultural Centre in Tanzania on Tuesday continued with a forum to exhibit the country’s robots and discussions on spaceflights aimed at motiving the East African country youth to explore opportunities which lead to artificial intelligent (AI).

Speaking in the opening ceremony of the forum, Russian Ambassador to Tanzania, Andrey Avetisyan said that tracing back his country’s relations with the East African country rooted in politics and economy among others, a lot has been achieved worth praise.

He added: “With the growing relations, we thought of also developing Tanzania in the world of technology and to promote this new 21st century technology, we are now coming with robots so that the country explores space.  This will go along sharing information for security purposes.”

The Ambassador noted that the cooperation is making him realise how Tanzania’s youth are geared for development and require genuine support, adding that President Samia Suluhu Hassan policies propel economic growth and openness.

Mr Avetisyan added: “We are open and ready to share our knowledge through investment by Russian companies coming to Tanzania for trade and also promoting new technologies in the science of space and robots.”

Hinting that Tanzania in the near future will build its own satellite in the space, he noted that Russia will be with the country side by side from the grassroots, saying: “It’s time the youth in colleges welcome such programs and technologies currently taking place in the 21st Century.”

Speaking on the forum, Southwest State University Head of the International Projects and Programmes Department, Ksenia Rudaia said it was an opportunity to reinforce friendship and cooperation with Tanzania.

She added that motiving students in schools and universities in Tanzania to like science studies will lead them to learn a lot in the world of space and new technologies.

Attending the occasion to give his space exploration testimony, Anton Shkaplerov, former Russian Cosmonaut said that Tanzanian youth and children being introduced into robotics just like Russians is the practical way to educate students.

“My understanding or knowledge of building satellites and robots requires sharing ideas just like we do with other countries to explore the space and this brings onboard all human beings irrespective of one’s nationality and class in life,” he pointed out.

He said that with Russia’s support, Tanzania will be well informed on science space and astronomy that should not only be viewed in the domain of developed countries like his homeland.


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