The 19th Session of the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF-19), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, December 11-14, 2012
The nineteenth session of the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF-19), under the main theme entitled "Enriching the quality of life through innovative space programs," successfully concluded its 4-day program on Friday, December 14, 2012, at the Berjaya Times Square Hotel Malaysia, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. APRSAF-19 was jointly organized by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of Malaysia (MOSTI), the National Space Agency of Malaysia (ANGKASA), the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan (MEXT), and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Approximately 380 participants from 33 countries and 14 international organizations attended the session.
APRSAF-19, as was the case in the past, consisted of four working group (EO WG, CSA WG, SEA WG, and SEU WG) sessions that were held in parallel and the plenary. There were also relevant events in conjunctions with APRSAF-19 such as the water rocket event, Colloquium on Astronomy from ISS Kibo, SAFE workshop, Kibo-ABC workshop, Poster Contest, and APRSAF-19 exhibition.
At the plenary session on Day 3, on December 13, opening remarks were made by the general co-chairs, Dr. Mustafa Din Subari, Director General, National Space Agency of Malaysia (ANGKASA), Malaysia and Mr. Satoru Otake, Deputy Director General, Research and Development Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan, and Keynote addresses were delivered by Mr. Yoshinari Akeno, Deputy Director-General, Office of National Space Policy, Cabinet Office, Japan and Prof. Datin Paduka Dr. Khatijah Bt. Mohd. Yusoff, Deputy Secretary General (Science), Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Malaysia.
It was announced at the last plenary session, on December 14, that the next session, APRSAF-20, would be hosted by the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) and would take place in Hanoi, Vietnam.