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Start-ups in Africa, future technologies and services come from developing countries

Egypt’s new capital is being built by a Chinese company. China is sweeping construction work in Africa (Photo: Reuters / Afro)

Africa is said to be the last huge market left. There is a strong image of hunger, poverty, or civil war, but in recent years, countries, especially China, have been actively developing and investing, and economic development is accelerating.

Aiming for “Singapore in Africa”, Rwanda will follow the path of becoming a test site for advanced technology in developed countries, and AI drones carrying vaccines and blood will fly in the sky. In Kenya, cashless payment services have become a social infrastructure, achieving more than half the transaction value of GDP. In Kenya, a venture company has built an ambulance dispatch platform and handles more than 3,000 emergency services annually.

What’s happening in Africa right now? We spoke with Susumu Tsubaki, the representative partner of Asia Africa Investment & Consulting (AAIC), who published “Super Accelerated Economy Africa: Future Business Map Changing with LEAP FROG” (Toyo Keizai Inc.). (Interviewer: Hitomi Yamauchi, Researcher Seed Planning)

* Please see the video interview with Mr. Susumu Tsubaki at the end of the article.

──In this book, as one model that is occurring in the venture world of developed countries, it is described that it is better to research and develop in developed countries and provide commercial services in Africa first, because advanced services can be deployed more quickly. I am. In the future, the advanced technology test sites in developed countries will become developing countries, and Africa, which has a large population, will become a promising candidate among them.

Chun Jin’s (below, Chun): For example, the service of babylon / babel, a British venture company that provides remote diagnostic AI diagnostic services, is used by 2.4 million people (as of 2019). The company launched its commercial services in earnest in Rwanda, not in the United Kingdom.

Drones and autonomous driving will not evolve unless they are actually commercialized, because the AI ​​that is the brain of the drone will not be smart unless it reads a lot of data. There are tons of regulations in Japan trying to take advantage of new technologies, and vested interests are clinging to them. If so, it is faster to do it in Africa, and you can try various possibilities.


──In the United States, Amazon has announced delivery using drones for more than 10 years, but it has not been possible due to legal regulations. In response, a San Francisco company in the United States has developed a commercial logistics service called “Zipline” in Rwanda and Ghana to deliver blood and medicines by drone, according to this book. Is it possible that drone delivery will be commercialized in Africa?

camellia:It has already started. The biggest problem with Amazon drones is cost. For example, for a pizza of 1000 yen, is there a person who orders it even though it costs 20,000 yen for a round trip? Drones are good for seeing pipelines from the sky or shooting footage, but they aren’t worth the cost of using them for logistics and delivery.

Zipline has the most flight records of any drone company in the world. Zipline has two drone-only airports in Rwanda and four in Ghana. Vaccines are also delivered in Ghana.

If you fly a drone loaded with vaccine from the drone airport three times a day, it will automatically fly to the local health center. When you reach your destination, you will drop the vaccine with a parachute and return autonomously.

Since one payload (loading capacity) is about 1.7 kg, 2000 vaccines can be loaded in one flight. Vaccines require temperature control, but local health centers do not have such equipment and cannot be stocked. Therefore, it is rational to be able to quickly deliver the vaccine for that day by drone. Since one delivery is 2000 yen, 2000 vaccines are worth the cost.


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