Initial Draft of National Space Policy Developed by IT Ministry

The Ministry of IT and Telecom in Pakistan has recently developed an initial draft of the National Space Policy. This draft has been shared with various ministries for feedback and is currently in the consultation stage. Pakistan has lacked a comprehensive space policy until now, which has hindered the country in achieving various civil and military objectives in economic, commercial, and scientific domains.

The National Space Policy (NSP) is aimed at setting the direction for Pakistan in the realm of space. It seeks to boost the space sector’s role, promote mission activities, and enhance partnerships between research, education, startups, and industry.

Additionally, a proposal for a National Space Council has been made under this policy, and various types of licenses will be issued to cover the entire space sector. The Ministry of IT and Telecom is also working on a satellite framework, which will be finalized after the policy’s approval, leading to the issuance of satellite licenses.

The development of a space policy gained prominence following Starlink’s license application, as there was a lack of a clear mechanism for satellite licenses. The government aims to monetize space technology and increase Pakistan’s share in the global space economy by collaborating with the private sector. The global space economy is expected to grow significantly, reaching over $1 trillion by 2040. Pakistan’s neighbor, India, has also recently approved its space policy in 2023.

Overall, the National Space Policy is a significant step for Pakistan in expanding its presence and capabilities in space-related activities.