Rwanda government picks Zipline to transform tourist experiences with products deliveries and boost conservation efforts




Zipline, a global vendor of autonomous drone delivery solutios, has announced a new partnership with the Rwanda government through the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) to begin delivery of ‘Made in Rwanda’ products to resorts and lodges, with proceeds going towards the Volcanoes National Park Expansion Project.

The collaboration builds upon Zipline’s existing success in delivering medical supplies and underscores its commitment to supporting Rwanda’s natural wildlife and economic development through cutting-edge technology.

Key highlights of the partnership include:

  • Promoting Made in Rwanda products: Zipline, in collaboration with RDB, will deliver high-quality Made in Rwanda fashion and souvenir items to lodges and hotels across the country. This initiative aims to boost local businesses, enhance the visibility of Rwandan products, and contribute to the growth of the nation’s creative economy.
  • Conserving Rwanda’s mountain gorilla habitats: a portion of the fee paid for every delivery completed by Zipline within Rwanda’s tourism sector will go towards the Volcanoes National Park Expansion project, which is a critical initiative to support the conservation of mountain gorilla populations and other endangered wildlife.
  • Logistical efficiency and sustainability: By utilizing Zipline’s autonomous drone technology, the partnership will streamline the delivery process, reducing delivery times and improving the overall efficiency of supply chain logistics. Further integrating Zipline into Rwanda’s logistics ecosystem also underscores RDB’s commitment to promoting environmentally friendly technology, given Zipline’s minimal carbon footprint.

Commenting on the partnership, Pierre Kayitana, the GM of Zipline Rwanda, enthusiastically stated: “We are absolutely elated to join forces with the Rwanda Development Board, broadening the horizons of our drone delivery services far beyond the realm of medical supplies. This initiative allows Zipline, in collaboration with handpicked ‘Made in Rwanda’ brands, to enchant tourists by seamlessly delivering exquisite local gifts directly to their hotel doorsteps, even in the most remote corners of Rwanda.”

He further added: “We are incredibly proud to announce that Wilderness Destinations and Umva Muhazi Lodge are the pioneering subscribers to this innovative drone delivery service, aimed at enhancing the experience of their esteemed guests.”

Expressing enthusiasm about the collaboration, Francis Gatare, the CEO at RDB, stated: ” This partnership underscores our dedication to collaborating closely with private sector entities, such as Zipline, to advance environmental conservation, stimulate economic development, and foster a culture of innovation.”

The partnership between Zipline Rwanda and RDB sets a precedent for the integration of drone technology into diverse sectors, fostering economic development and sustainability. The joint effort aims to position Rwanda as a global leader in embracing innovative solutions for the betterment of people and natural wildlife.

Zipline was founded to create the first logistics system that serves all humans equally. Leveraging expertise in robotics and autonomy, Zipline designs, manufactures and operates the world’s largest automated delivery system. Zipline serves tens of millions of people around the world and is making good on the promise of building an equitable and more resilient global supply chain.

RDB is a government agency responsible for promoting and facilitating investment in Rwanda. Committed to sustainable development, RDB plays a key role in fostering economic growth, innovation, and job creation in the country.

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