Tanzania, Africa, East Africa discussed on BBC World Service

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World Service with me, Jane waken. And today, we'll be exploring the potential for drain technology in this Brackovic changing part of the world. We'll be hearing from some of Tanzania's young pilots about their hopes for the future. And from the global startups innovating rapidly to help engineer change. Is going to be one of the crucial things that we're going to be doing at the Tanzania flying labs is we're going to have a certified repair center right here in Tanzania most likely entire saliva. Of only use them as a tool, which is made outside of Africa. But we have to do as much as we can to encourage the youth to see this as a potential career pathway. They could actually do something innovative and make money as well. Drains have come a long way since being regarded as toys for hobbyists. Now, they support some of the biggest industries on the planet. They serve a plethora of humanitarian needs to search and rescue after natural disasters and the monitoring of flood prone areas. We may be some way from the likes of Amazon talking parcels mitral as the retail giants chief executive Jeff Bezos famously predicted years ago, but in one corner of Tanzania Kagame into liveries are becoming reality, but really forgotten about drones until about two thousand fifteen when we were asked to take this sort of fresh and more innovative rethink on what climate innovation centres could be these women to be business accelerators cleantech industries that would allow countries to develop on a sort of lower carbon footprint, Edward Anderson. From the World Bank is based in Dora. Salaam, and sees huge potential in drain technology leapfrogging infrastructure, in the way, the mobile phone did for Africa, landline infrastructure has never fully developed mobile, simply filled the gap faster and one of the options that came out of a study of Tanzania is that cargo drones had huge untapped potential. But it really. Wouldn't work at one national scale you needed to have a regional approach in east Africa only twenty five percent of the population has access to all weather rates within two kilometers of their homes. This leads to problems when transporting almost anything and increased cost the cost of moving goods and people around it's much higher than so that lack of analog infrastructure can be turned around. There's an opportunity to really reinvent the whole supply chain and delivery and the region is the densest populated rural part of the world. So what that means is you have a lot of people living in rural conditions that lack access to sort of typically urban services and goods, the facilities such as blood testing libra trees cancer screening tests. So the the rural economy in many large parts of Africa is held back by the cost of getting to and from urban centres this gave rise. To an idea for a new government partner the series of events with long-term possibilities for drones to shake up the way good sit in a corner of Tanzania so poorly served by transport. It's called the Lake Victoria challenge and convening the state of the art around key market use cases. And then look at what would.

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