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AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF BELARUS AND GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF KAZAKHSTAN

of August 13, 2017

About cooperation in the field of research and use of space in the peace purposes

The government of the Republic of Belarus and the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan which further are referred to as with the Parties

considering mutual interest in combination of efforts for implementation of national and joint space programs, projects and actions,

proceeding from understanding of importance of development of scientific and technical and production cooperation in the field of space activities between the organizations of the states of the Parties and consecutive enhancement of forms of cooperation between them,

realizing value of space science and technology for social and economic and scientific and technical development of the Republic of Belarus and the Republic of Kazakhstan,

in view of provisions of the Agreement on the principles of activities of the states for research and use of space, including the Moon and other celestial bodies, of January 27, 1967, and also other multi-lateral agreements in the field of space activities which participants are the Republic of Belarus and the Republic of Kazakhstan,

agreed as follows:

Article 1 of the Basis of cooperation

This agreement regulates state cooperation of the Parties in the field of research and use of space in the peace purposes, developments and deployments of space technologies for the benefit of progress of economy, science, safety and social development of the states of the Parties.

The cooperation within this agreement is performed according to legislations of the states of the Parties with respect for the universally recognized norms and principles of international law and without prejudice to accomplishment of the Parties of the obligations by the states according to other international treaties which participants they are.

The cooperation within this agreement is performed on the basis of the following principles:

equality and mutual accounting of interests of the states of the Parties;

state support of joint space activities;

rational choice of organizational and economic forms of cooperation;

regulation and protection of the property rights, including the intellectual, transferred and created in the course of implementation joint programs, projects and actions within this agreement;

providing ecological safety of the performed joint activities.

Article 2 Competent authorities

The competent authorities responsible for coordination and development of cooperation within this agreement (further – competent authorities), the Parties appoint:

from the Belarusian Side – National academy of Sciences of Belarus;

from the Kazakhstan Side – the Ministry of the defense and aerospace industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan (Space committee).

For the purpose of implementation of this agreement competent authorities according to legislations of the states of the Parties:

for accomplishment of joint programs, projects and actions within this agreement appoint head contractors – the organizations of the states irrespective of forms of their property;

perform planning and control implementation of joint programs, projects and actions of cooperation;

create if necessary the special commissions or working groups for the purpose of coordination of the activities connected with implementation of this agreement.

Article 3 of Area of cooperation

The cooperation within this agreement can be performed in the following areas:

space research;

remote sensing of Earth;

development of spacecrafts, means of removal and other equipment connected with space activities;

creation and development of land space infrastructure;

start of spacecrafts and scientific equipment;

navigation satellite systems and technologies;

satellite communication systems and hangings and technologies;

space medicine and biology;

protection of space environment, including control, the prevention and reducing technogenic impact on it;

standardization in the field of space activities.

Other areas of cooperation within this agreement are determined by the mutual arrangement of competent authorities of the states of the Parties.

Article 4 of Form of cooperation

The cooperation within this agreement is performed in the following forms:

planning and implementation of joint programs, projects and actions;

mutual exchange of scientific and technical information, special knowledge, experimental data, results of developmental works and materials in the different fields of space science and technologies;

mutual assistance to access to state programs of research and use of space in the peace purposes, and also to the international programs and projects in the field of practical application of space technologies and development of space infrastructure;

use of land objects and systems for starts and control of spacecrafts;

organization of programs of training, exchange of specialists and scientists;

carrying out symposiums, conferences and other similar actions;

participation in specialized exhibitions, fairs and other similar actions;

development of different forms of partnership in the international market of space technologies and services;

mutual provision of technical assistance and help in implementation of space activities;

establishment of direct connections between the ministries, departments, the companies and the organizations of the states of the Parties involved in realization of joint activities within this agreement.

Competent authorities of the states of the Parties can determine by the mutual arrangement in addition other forms of cooperation according to provisions of this agreement.

Article 5 Intellectual property

Protection of the rights to the intellectual property items transferred and created within implementation of this agreement is provided according to the international obligations and legislations of the states of the Parties.

Conditions of distribution, use and the order the rights to the intellectual property items transferred and created within joint programs, projects and actions are determined by competent authorities or head contractors in free standing agreements or contracts (agreements).

Article 6 Exchange of information

The parties promote exchange of scientific and technical information, except for information of limited distribution and the data constituting the state secrets, relating to joint activities within this agreement.

The scientific and technical information obtained in case of implementation of joint programs, projects and actions will be available to competent authorities of the states of the Parties.

Exchange of confidential information and the treatment of her within this agreement are performed according to legislations of the states of the Parties and can be regulated by free standing agreements according to joint programs, projects and actions.

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