A new initiative has been launched to use drones to deliver life-saving cargo in LakeVictoria rural communities in Tanzania, East Africa.
This drones initiative is run by four organizations and the life-saving products include blood packs, critical medication, anti-venoms or spare parts for hospital equipment for areas in the Lake zone.
It is difficult to reach these areas normally but with this initiative the challengeis being tackled. The government will be working with the World Bank, the WorldFood Programme, UNICEF and the World Economic Forum Centre for the FourthIndustrial Revolution.
The organizations in a statement on December 3, 2018 described that Lake Victoria Basin is the most densely populated rural area in the world with 35 million people.
High cost of transportations makes it difficult for the local producers to get theirproducts to the markets.
The program is named Victoria Challenge with the aim of providing long-termopportunities for growth in East Africa.
“Island communities in and around Mwanza are often only accessible by boats, which canbe slow and expensive. A drone network will improve access to medicines, bloodpacks and spare parts for hospital equipment,” said Mwanza RegionalCommissioner John Mongella.
“It is exciting and timely to see Unicef and the World Bank collaborating around new and frontier technology. The Lake Victoria Challenge is a concrete example of how technological, regulatory, and social innovations can help solve problems for and with the world’s most vulnerable populations. This type of work is also central to the secretary general’s strategy on new technology which explicitly calls for a United Nations that supports new cooperation frameworks and enhances our ability to provide government capacity development,” said Mr Chris Fabian, Unicef ventures lead, New York.
“Itis exciting and timely to see Unicef and the World Bank collaborating aroundnew and frontier technology. The Lake Victoria Challenge is a concrete exampleof how technological, regulatory, and social innovations can help solveproblems for and with the world’s most vulnerable populations. This type ofwork is also central to the secretary general’s strategy on new technologywhich explicitly calls for a United Nations that supports new cooperationframeworks and enhances our ability to provide government capacitydevelopment,” said Mr Chris Fabian, Unicef ventures lead, New York. “At theWorld Food Programme, we believe that drones have a viable and potentiallycritical role to play in supporting our work. The Lake Victoria Challengeoffers an opportunity to better understand the potential of this emergingtechnology in terms of our mission and to demonstrate how government,regulators, international aid, innovators and industries can unite for thebenefit of East Africa — and beyond,” said
“The Lake Victoria Challenge is unlike any other drone competition, in that it is initiated and supported by the government of Tanzania. As a technology, drones have the power to transform African mobility — but robust regulatory frameworks are required to make the dream into a reality. That’s why the World Economic Forum has partnered with the World Bank to support the development of real use cases in Mwanza,” said Mr Harrison Wolf, project lead for drones and Tomorrow’s Airspace, World Economic
Canada Updates Immigration Policy to Take in Over 1 Million People
The dream to live in Canada might have become less complex or less hopeful for many as Canada announce plans to accept more than 1 million people in the next three years.
This was announced in an annual report on Immigration to the Parliament on Immigration. The country’s Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen unveiled plans to take in as many as 1,080,000 new residents between 2019 and 2021 with an upper target for 2012 being 370,000.
This will mean 84,000 more people more than the 268,000 that was welcomed as permanent residents in 2017.
The Immigration Minister who also is an immigrant from Somalia said while introducing the report that, “Immigrants and their descendants have made immeasurable contributions to Canada, and our future success depends on continuing to ensure they are welcomed and well-integrated.”
The report revealed that one in five people living in Canada was born outside the country while more than six million new immigrants gave arrived since 1990.
In the 2018 World Economic Forums Global Competitiveness Report, Canada ranked 12th overall with a perfect score for macroeconomic stability and also coming top of the countries with the most diverse workforces.
The report goes further to state that in 2017 more than half of the immigrants came under Economic Class Programmes while 44,000 were resettled refugees, protected persons and people admitted under humanitarian, compassionate public policy.
The 2019 to 2021 Immigration Levels Plan includes greater targets for the number of refugees and displaced people the country will admit which will range from 43,000 in 2019 to 64,500 in 2021.
Canada today is seen as the world-leader in immigration policies and this was praised by the UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi for its “extraordinary generosity, openness and willingness” to help displaced people of the world.
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