100,000 jobs set to be created through drone industry — Adham

KUALA LUMPUR (April 28): The government is targeting to create 100,000 employment opportunities through the drone industry in Malaysia worth RM50 billion by 2030, said Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba.

As such, he said, the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), together with Malaysian Research Accelerator for Technology and Innovation (MRANTI), will spearhead the development of the local drone technology (DroneTech) industry.

He explained that it is aimed at developing five DroneTech champions of international standards, besides placing Malaysia among the top 10 countries worldwide in drone preparedness (regulation) and drone usage (market) by 2030.

“Selected focus areas for intensive drone development involve the agricultural, logistics, creative media and recreational sectors, environmental conservation, defence and maritime, disease control, disaster mitigation and relief, real estate planning and construction as well as energy,” he said in a statement on Thursday.

Dr Adham said discussions were actively being held with the Transport Ministry, International Trade and Industry Ministry as well as other bodies involved in the aviation sector, including the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) and Department of Survey and Mapping Malaysia (JUPEM).

The discussions were on efforts to improve the drone flight permit application process, whether for recreational, industrial or other purposes.

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