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The objectives of the LVC are to Convene and promote the best drone ideas, technologies and practices for the Lake Victoria Region, to Catalyze, demonstrate, validate and reward aerial delivery services that will transform distribution services in Africa; and to connect local and global entrepreneurs with regional decision makers and strategic investors.

The Lake Victoria Challenge (LVC) asks what could happen if Africa was no longer bound by surface infrastructure. The Challenge explores new territory made possible through the advances in autonomous aerial technologies (drones) that can significantly improve transport and mobility in rural and remote areas. A gathering of global investors, thought leaders and experts at the forefront of drone technologies with local African government, regulators, media and businesses, the LVC aims to build a global community and support industry while working through the regulatory, safety, cultural and community implications of this new technology.

Phase 3 of the LVC Flying Competitions are planned to take place on November 25-30, 2019 in Mwanza, Tanzania. The LVC Symposium and Expo are planned to take place on December 3-5, 2019 in Mwanza, Tanzania

The Regional Commissioner of Mwanza and the government of Tanzania are committed to continuously improving transport, mobility and economic opportunities for citizens. Standing as the most densely populated rural area in the world, the shores of the Lake Victoria basin are home to over 35 million people who are ready for change – people who need to be connected not only to the humanitarian need of medical supplies but also to wider economic and commerce opportunities.

According to World Bank estimates, Africa needs to spend $38 billion more each year on transport infrastructure, plus a further $37 billion on operations and maintenance to sustain its current level of development. A significant financing deficit lies between Africa’s current reality and the mobility that it both needs and aspires to.

Cargo drones have the potential to augment existing rail, road and sea systems; to connect excluded communities, enhance the resilience of supply chains, and create new markets and services connecting urban and rural opportunities while also addressing the sustainable development goals.

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