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The African century

We’ve all heard stories of ‘Africa rising’ at times, and ‘afro-pessimism’ at other times, without grasping exactly what all that means. To be clear, corruption and bad leadership won’t feature in my story because they are permanent features in all five continents...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 6:17am

Editorial: Kagitumba has gone 24hrs, what are others waiting for?

Despite the recent toll on East Africa’s trade infrastructure where heavy rains swept away bridges, cut off roads and caused severe flooding, the ease of doing trade has been growing day-by-day. One of the objectives of the two protocols of the East African Community – the Common...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 1:36am

Learning from America’s forgotten default

LOS ANGELES – One of the most pervasive myths about the United States is that the federal government has never defaulted on its debts. Every time the debt ceiling is debated in Congress, politicians and journalists dust off a common trope: the US doesn’t stiff its creditors. There...

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 5:55am

Until we respect the profession, expect bad customer service

There is a notion that working in customer service is ‘too low’ for some. And it is unfortunate that we add weight to that misguidance. We don’t assign any respect to jobs within customer service, and therefore indirectly strip the sector and those that work within it, from the...

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 5:37am

Africa should strive to get it right this time

When the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) was set up on May 25, 1963 there was a load of hope among many African leaders. Many countries were still having teething problems experimenting with independence. Africa at that time had some heavyweights such as Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya, Kwame Nkrumah...

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 5:37am

The old allure of new money

NEW HAVEN – The crypto currency revolution, which started with bitcoin in 2009, claims to be inventing new kinds of money. There are now nearly 2,000 crypto currencies, and millions of people worldwide are excited by them. What accounts for this enthusiasm, which so far remains unhampered by...

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 5:04am

Editorial: Local leaders can replicate Gatsibo village success

In May last year, a small village in Gatsibo District made headlines after it emerged that it had not recorded a single crime since the beginning of 2017. Kagarama village in Gitoki Sector, Gatsibo was declared a ‘crime free’ village thanks to a homegrown initiative known as ‘...

Monday, May 21, 2018 - 3:12am

Where the water is

HAMILTON, CANADA – In many parts of the world, there are simply no more conventional freshwater resources available to meet growing demand. Beyond limiting economic development, the lack of sufficient freshwater resources threatens the wellbeing of billions of people by causing conflict,...

Monday, May 21, 2018 - 2:18am

Rwanda’s new Income Tax Act and the taxation of share transfer transactions

April 2018 saw significant legal changes on the Rwandan business and tax scene, from the enactment of a new Companies Act (Law No 17/2018 of 13/04/2018 governing companies), to the enactment of Law No 016/2018 of 13/04/2018 establishing taxes on income (the “new Income Tax Act”). While...

Monday, May 21, 2018 - 2:12am

Floods, droughts and resilience

The raging rain season has seen media awash with news on floods and its consequences as well as a speculative possibility of droughts in the months ahead. What a dilemma! My article today focuses on one of the most crucial basic need in humanity – water. It touches on the presence and...

Monday, May 21, 2018 - 1:24am

BK Group choice to cross-list on Nairobi Stock Exchange, brave!

After chairing the shareholders’ Annual General Meeting on Friday in Kigali, which among others, voted to Cross-list the BK Group shares on Nairobi Stock Exchange, Board Chairman Marc Holtzman flew to New York, one of several capital markets that had been eyed as options. Kenneth Agutamba...

Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 3:00am

How to turn that hobby into a thriving business

Do you have a hobby that people line up for to buy from you? If so, you really could create a profitable business. Hobbies that could potentially be monetised and turned into businesses include painting, woodworking, baking, web design, dog training -- literally anything that provides value to...

Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 2:54am

The ‘apps’ and downs of public transport in the EAC region

Transport in East Africa is one of the topics that attract my interest easily. This is mainly because movement of people and goods has always been one of the core pillars of the whole East African integration agenda pushed by our leaders. I am sure you have noted the glamour each time any of them...

Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 2:12am

Editorial: Rwandan companies should venture where the money is

Bank of Kigali (BK) is not pulling any punches of late. It started a couple of months ago when celebrating its 50th anniversary. It made the wishes of some of its customers come true as a show of appreciation. But before that, it completely overhauled itself. It morphed into several entities in...

Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 2:06am

Let’s pay more attention to the music curriculum in our schools

There’s general acknowledgement that music is not only good for its own sake, but has attributes that may improve a child’s abilities in learning and dexterity in other tasks. One only needs to recall the nursery rhymes or the songs by generation after generation of children on the...

Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 3:24am

Is big tech destroying retail markets?

WASHINGTON, DC – Information technology is not just transforming markets; it is also making them ubiquitous, particularly for household consumers. From pretty much anywhere in the world, one can now search out goods and services, compare prices from multiple sellers, and give detailed...

Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 2:24am

Corralling the info-monopolists

GENEVA – When Mabruka was 18, she came home from school one day and started coughing up blood. She had been feeling sick for about two months, and when she went to a health clinic, she described symptoms such as weight loss, fatigue, shortness of breath, fever, night sweats, chills, loss of...

Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 2:24am

Editorial: REMA should bear full responsibility for pollution in Akagera River

Rwanda Environmental Management Authority (REMA) has ordered the suspension of a leather factory located in Bugesera because it was intentionally polluting River Akagera that pours into the Nile. Usually, construction of any major structure has to undergo an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)....

Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 2:18am

Empowering rural women through education

The right to education is fundamental Human Right. Education is crucial for development of women. Rural women’s access to education and training can have a major impact on their potential to access and benefit from income-generating opportunities and improve their overall well-being....

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 6:56pm

How universities can soften the Brexit blow

LONDON – The United Kingdom ranks around 22nd among countries in terms of population. Its economy is somewhere between the fifth- and seventh-largest in the world in terms of nominal GDP (in US dollars), which is comparable to the economies of India and France. In terms of wealth – that...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 3:48am