Aft busi­ness in Rwanda

The East African - - OUTLOOK -

alth work­ers and de­liv­ers them from its ld-chain dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tre. The drones fly er a ra­dius of 80 kilo­me­tres. The reg­u­la­tions passed in Jan­uary re­pealed li­a­bil­ity in­sur­ance of at least $1 mil­lion for mmer­cial drone op­er­a­tors. It is now set $928 and about $1,160 for third party for mmer­cial drones. Busi­nesses of­fer­ing drone services are now ven Re­mote Op­er­a­tor’s Cer­tifi­cate by the ia­tion au­thor­ity, cost­ing about $58 for daily er­a­tions. They are also re­quired to have a lot’s li­cence and a med­i­cal cer­tifi­cate in­dit­ing that they are fit to fly a drone. Night flight for drones is still il­le­gal, but n be con­sid­ered un­der spe­cial cir­cum­stances if a re­quest is made to the civil avi­a­tion au­thor­ity.

Drone own­ers are also barred from fly­ing near radar sites, high-ten­sion ca­bles and com­mu­ni­ca­tion masts, high­ways, sta­di­ums, pris­ons, po­lice sta­tions, mil­i­tary bar­racks, law courts and crime scenes.

In­vestors in drone services stand to ben­e­fit from Rwanda’s in­cen­tives of­fered in its 2015 In­vest­ment Code, while a bud­ding drone-services-sec­tor would fit well in Rwanda’s tar­get to be­come a knowl­edge-based econ­omy and mid­dle-in­come econ­omy by 2020. Un­der the Smart Rwanda Mas­ter Plan 2020, gov­ern­ment in­tends to at­tract in­vest­ments of at least $1 bil­lion in ICT.

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