South Korea is looking to cut red tape to boost the country's drone industry.
On Thursday, the land and science ministries as well as the Office for Government Policy Coordination agreed on a 'de-regulation' roadmap to create an environment where the drone industry can grow.
The administration considers the drone industry one of the country's key growth engines.
Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon stressed that the global drone market is growing fast and therefore requires quick innovations in government regulations.
The government says it will work to create spaces where drones can be flown freely, separately from airplanes and therefore with less concern about congestion.
This will help operate services like drone taxi or drone deliveries.
The government will also be improving some regulations to prevent drones from being used for terrorism.
Related government ministries will be developing necessary radar and equipment which will be allowed for use commercially.
South Korea will also expand the use of drones in public services as well -- like rescue operations, forest surveys, artificial rain and communication.
Seoul expects such plans could create an economic ripple effect worth 17 billion U.S. dollars and create jobs for 170-thousand people by 2028.
The government aims to commercialize drone deliveries by 2025.
Oh Jung-hee, Arirang News.