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CHOGM is coming to Kigali and so is Mike Sonko

As a cool drizzle wetted the streets of Kigali during the evening rush hour, news trickled in that the British Prime Minister, Theresa May had announced that Rwanda will host the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting commonly referred to by its acronym, CHOGM. The light chats around cold...

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 12:52am

Editorial: Hosting the Commonwealth Summit is not what matters; it is the work behind the scene

Leaders of the 53-member Commonwealth of Nations who met this week in London, selected Rwanda as the next host of the Summit slated for 2020. Rwanda’s choice is of great significance for two distinct reasons; it is the youngest member of the organization, having joined recently in 2009. It...

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 12:49am

Watch out for deadly lightning strikes!

Thursday afternoon, I escaped, narrowly, becoming the latest statistic of death by lightning; that is probably because, deep down my heart, I knew I hadn’t robbed or annoyed anyone and God agreed with me because when I checked, shortly after the thunder strike, I was still in one piece. It...

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 12:46am

How blockchain can grow small business

When Hernando de Soto published his classic The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else in 2000, he had no idea that emerging technologies would solve the problem before the end of the new century that had just started. This Peruvian economist, known for...

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 12:43am

The silverback among most “charismatic”animals

The mountain gorilla has easily made the top-ten list of the most “charismatic” animals in the world. Its global fame is to be expected, except that many remain unaware of its status among some of the most endangered in the wild. These were the findings in a paper titled, “The...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 11:48pm

Editorial: Rayon Sports’ popularity not exploited as it should

Whenever popular football club, Rayon Sports, plays and wins, even against small local clubs, euphoria grips the whole country. But when they overcome continental teams, its supporters go berserk, pour into the streets in their thousands and generally inundate the country in a cacophony of horns,...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 11:42pm

Women in the fight against genocide ideology

We are in the second week of 100 days of mourning. During this time we reflect on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi through different commemoration activities and also in our communities during community discussions (Ibiganiro). Such are important to ensure that genocide does not happen again,...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 11:39pm

The “Next Eleven” and the world economy

LONDON – On a recent holiday in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, I couldn’t resist thinking about these countries’ economic potential and ongoing policy challenges. After all, in 2005, my Goldman Sachs colleagues and I had listed Vietnam as one of the Next Eleven (N-11) – all...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 11:33pm

Third world, reject being turned into “the grass that suffers”

Every time you wake up, Rwandans, you should all remember to give a thought to the God of Rwanda, Imana y’u Rwanda. It’s not all the time that a people manage to choose a leadership whose governance code is the single-minded pursuit of one goal:  their total emancipation. But...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 12:54am

Editorial: Rwanda’s new economic darling still has more to offer

For years, Rwanda’s tourism potential was not fully exploited despite its unique natural attractions. Even the rare mountain gorillas, assets that it shares with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Uganda, were not given the attention they deserved until the arrival of primatologist,...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 12:53am

The West’s crisis of confidence

STOCKHOLM – In an age defined by US President Donald Trump’s rage, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s revisionism, and Chinese President Xi Jinping’s unbridled ambition, the international order is becoming increasingly disorderly, dysfunctional, and even dangerous. How did...

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 11:00pm

No Blank Check for Development Banks

NEW YORK – Global financial leaders are convening in Washington, DC, this week for the annual spring meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund. This year, they will ask the world’s taxpayers to grant the World Bank and other multilateral development banks (...

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 10:57pm

Instigate and encourage a speak-up culture!

In my recent article last week, I highlighted how office politics may affect organisations and personnel performance due to the issue of the so-called office politics. This may include among others suffocating a speak-up culture, paving way for a culture of silence and closed minds. In this...

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 5:15pm

Ms Geek Africa: Girls from across Africa envisioning a shared digital future

This year’s Ms. Geek Africa could not have rolled around at a more opportune moment, when the continent’s hills are alive with the promise of a growth, industrialization, economic diversification and trade that will come with the recently-signed Africa Continental Free Trade Area...

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 9:36am

Relevance of Commonwealth Games

The 2018 edition of the Commonwealth Games has just been completed. While not as popular and high-ranked as the Olympics, the Commonwealth Games has been around since 1930 and take place every four years. While previously viewed as the Games for England and its former colonies, the event now hosts...

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 1:30am

How long before we start telling our own story?

There is an ongoing hot debate in the media, of the recent bombing of Syria by the US, France and UK over what they said was retaliation for alleged gas attacks on civilians by the Syrian government. Many are now disputing the facts with one famous western journalist, the first one to visit Douma...

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 1:25am

Jambo ASBL: Yesterdays killers – today’s Democrats

If the generic theme adopted by the post-Genocide government in Rwanda is ‘Never Again: ‘Remember, Unite, Renew’, the specific theme for this 24th commemoration of the genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi is: Fighting genocide denial. Last week, I reminded that denial is the...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 9:56am

Dark cloud looms over embezzlers, influence peddlers

It is not only embezzlers who are in for a rude shock in a new draft law on corruption that is currently before parliament. “ …accepting or offering illegal benefits, soliciting or offering sexual favours, influence peddling, making a decision based on favouritism, friendship, hatred...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 12:57am

RDF continues to give hope to Genocide survivors 24 years later

As we continue to commemorate the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, it is an opportunity to reflect on those who played a key role in stopping the Genocide and what they have since been doing to rebuild the country. There is no doubt that the Rwanda Patriotic Army (RPA), the military wing of the...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 12:31am

Rethinking the twenty-first-century economy

GENEVA – Before the threat of a US-China trade war arose, surging stock markets and corporate profits had obscured the fact that the global economic system is under existential stress. Global financial stability remains considerably in doubt. Indeed, as world financial leaders gather for the...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 12:27am