President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti (at head of table) oversees the signing of an MOU with the Hong Kong Aerospace Technology Group and Touchroad International Holdings to develop a US$1 billion  commercial spaceport. Photo: Handout
President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti (at head of table) oversees the signing of an MOU with the Hong Kong Aerospace Technology Group and Touchroad International Holdings to develop a US$1 billion commercial spaceport. Photo: Handout

Djibouti in Horn of Africa on track for spaceport following deal with Hong Kong firm, six years after opening of Chinese naval base

  • US$1 billion deal involves Hong Kong-based firm with mainland China operations and Touchroad, owned by Africa-focused Chinese investor He Liehui
  • Project in tiny nation of just over 1 million is evidence of the democratisation of space globally, Nigerian space scientist says

President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti (at head of table) oversees the signing of an MOU with the Hong Kong Aerospace Technology Group and Touchroad International Holdings to develop a US$1 billion  commercial spaceport. Photo: Handout
President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti (at head of table) oversees the signing of an MOU with the Hong Kong Aerospace Technology Group and Touchroad International Holdings to develop a US$1 billion commercial spaceport. Photo: Handout
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