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Government of Rwanda, Zipline sign drone project deal

Staff writer ▼ | February 12, 2016
The Government of Rwanda signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Zipline, an American company specialising in drones.
Africa   Building an infrastructure for unmanned aerial system
The agreement, signed by the Ministry of Youth and ICT and the Ministry of Health on behalf of Government, aims at building an infrastructure for unmanned aerial system to ensure efficient logistical transportation of medical supplies in Rwanda.

Benefits are expected from the delivery of essential medical products especially blood supplies in all hospitals across the country, according to officials.

This makes Rwanda the first country across the world to use drone technology for supply of medical supplies.

Speaking after the deal signing Minster for Youth and ICT Jean-Philbert Nsengimana said that using cutting edge technology would allow supply chains operate independently presenting a huge opportunity in the country.

He noted that this was one of the first initiatives that the government had put in place in line with the Smart Rwanda Master Plan that was approved by cabinet last year.