PM Imran Khan approves establishment of Civil Drone Authority

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has approved the establishment of the Civil Drone Authority to use the technology for commercial, research, agricultural and other peaceful purposes.

While chairing a high-level meeting in Islamabad today, PM Imran Khan approved the establishment of the Civil Drone Authority.

The Prime Minister stated that employing drone technology for commercial, research and development, agricultural and other peaceful purposes was the need of the hour.

He observed that the establishment of drone authority will not only fill the existing vacuum due to the non-availability of law to regulate this important sector but will also be instrumental in the promotion and domestic production of this critical technology.

Effective use of drone technology in various sectors will help in resource optimization and better service delivery, PM said.

The Prime Minister directed that the process of legislation for the establishment of authority be completed on priority and the bill is introduced in the bill after its approval by the Cabinet.

The Civil Drone Authority will be mandated to regulate and control the unmanned aircraft system in the country.

It will also decide matters relating to licensing, import, manufacturing, examination and issuance of drone permits.

The Authority will also develop standards for manufacturing, operations, training and research and development. Besides, it will also provide technical guidance to the industrial sector to facilitate domestic manufacturing.

Meanwhile, Federal Minister for Science & Technology Fawad Chaudhry said that the establishment of Civil Drone Authority is another milestone, “Establishment of Drone Authority is another milestone achieved, we are focusing on Agriculture Drones and Police Drones another initiative to establish Disruptive technologies authority is underway that ll pave the way for 3D Printers and robotics industry in Pakistan.”

Raja Furqan Ahmed

Raja Furqan Ahmed is the News Editor of The Pakistan Daily.

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