Colombia will sign the adherence to NASA’s Artemisa Program

Bogotá, May 9 (Latest).- Colombia will sign this Tuesday in Washington the Artemis Agreement, an initiative developed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA, in English), which seeks to strengthen cooperation in space exploration and exploitation in the Moon, Mars and other celestial bodies, official sources in Bogotá reported this Monday.

The person in charge of signing the accession to the Agreement is the Vice President and Foreign Minister of Colombia, Marta Lucía Ramírez, who this Tuesday will also participate in the “Forum The first ten years of the FTA between Colombia and the United States”, and will meet with members of the US Congress , reported the Foreign Ministry in a statement.

The signing of the Agreement, ratified by Colombia on July 22, 2021, will also be attended by the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Tito Crissien, and Ambassador Juan Carlos Pinzón, and the commemoration of the 200 years of bilateral relations between the two nations.

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The goal of the Artemis program is to provide a foundation for deep space exploration with humans and help establish a long-term presence on the Moon and beyond, according to space agency releases.

Foreign Minister Ramírez’s agenda in Washington includes that this Tuesday she will meet at the Colombian Embassy with leaders from the events industry, an event in which she will be accompanied by the Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, María Ximena Lombana, and the President of Procolombia, Flavia Santoro.

In the afternoon, Vice President Ramírez will participate in the academic forum “The First 10 Years of the FTA between Colombia and the United States”, in the Ronald Reagan Building.

There, together with Minister Lombana, he will present a balance of the commercial ties between both countries and the vision to continue taking advantage of the bilateral relationship.

In this event, entrepreneurs from Amazon, Parkdale Mills and Crystal and the manager of the Integration and Trade Sector of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Fabrizzio Operti, will present successful cases of investment and trade in Colombia.

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He will also meet with congressmen Gregory Meeks, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Kevin Brady, minority leader of the House Ways and Means committee, with whom he will address the history of the negotiation and approval of the Trade Promotion Agreement in the US Congress.

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