The Portuguese Minister of Education and Science has congratulated the Department of Science and Technology on its MeerKAT and KAT-7 projects.

Minister Nuno Crato visited the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) site last week and was impressed with the progress made around the MeerKAT and KAT-7.

Despite Portugal not being a member of the SKA Organisation, the country continues to support the SKA project, as well as a trilateral agreement with Mozambique.

Minister Crato also met the Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, and they signed an agreement on Friday, 4 September. The signing of the agreement will pave the way for concrete science and technology collaborative activities and deepen the relationship between the two countries.

The cooperation will focus on a variety of science and technology thematic areas, which are yet to be agreed upon between the two countries. The cooperation will broadly cover human capital development in joint PhD programmes and joint research calls, astronomy research, and collaboration in European Union science programmes, such as Horizon 2020 and the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership(EDCTP).

Both ministers lauded the signing of the agreement as marking deeper cooperation between the two countries in science, technology and innovation.