Rwanda takes off: The Future of drone delivery
Rwanda, in conjunction with public and private sector partners, plans to build the world’s first drone ports for the delivery of essential goods. Rapidly maturing technology for cargo drones presents an unprecedented opportunity for Rwanda to alleviate problems related to inefficient distribution, develop its economy, and leapfrog in key areas. The key challenges to achieving these objectives are: (1) establishing regulatory frameworks, (2) building infrastructure, (3) supporting appropriate business models, and (4) fostering local knowledge and innovation capacity. To enable Rwanda to address these challenges, this paper reviews examples of emerging drone industries in countries around the world and then analyzes historical lessons from the birth of the aviation industry. These sources provide guidance to suggest policy recommendations that will enable Rwanda to improve infrastructure, drive economic development, and become a global example of technological leapfrogging.