Opinions

The German rules trap

PARIS – Europe has a new German problem. Unlike in the past, it stems neither from hegemonic ambitions nor from the sort of weakness that might tempt aggression. Instead, it is rooted in Germany’s abdication of any sense of shared responsibility for Europe, despite boasting as robust an...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 5:01am

Conditional castaway apparel and footwear? What temerity!

I’ve said here before that if the USA were to offer Rwanda its nanoscience, nanotechnology, nanobots and ‘nano-whatever-else’ for a disease-free life when it fully masters knowledge of them, Rwanda would maybe ponder swallowing her pride and accept its (US) castaway cloth and...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 5:01am

Editorial: The OAU ended apartheid; can AU do the same with corruption?

Today is Africa Day in honour of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) success in fighting colonialism and Apartheid. It is also its 55th anniversary. The OAU could be blamed for not attaining its main objective – Unity - but the predecessor of the African Union (AU) at least had some...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 4:55am

Why reinvent the monetary wheel?

LONDON – Slumps have always been boom times for monetary experiments, and the economic collapse of 2008-2009 was no different. Underlying this recurrence is the instinctive feeling that economic calamities must have monetary causes, and therefore monetary remedies. There is either too much...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 4:55am

Turkey and Africa are Building a Solid Partnership

As Turkey marks the annual Africa Day, I take the opportunity to celebrate Africa’s achievements and rejoice in our developing partnership. Africa’s ascendancy makes all Turks proud and motivates us to engage in closer ties and cooperation. Political institutions around Africa are...

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 10:10am

The Arsenal deal is the sure deal

Rwanda Development Board (RDB) has carried out a major coup that is the talk of the internet. It has landed a sponsorship deal with one of the world’s largest and most famous football clubs; Arsenal. The mere mention of the deal was a mediatic triumph as it was widely reported on mainstream...

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 4:58am

The world according to Trump and Xi

NEW DELHI – The world’s leading democracy, the United States, is looking increasingly like the world’s biggest and oldest surviving autocracy, China. By pursuing aggressively unilateral policies that flout broad global consensus, President Donald Trump effectively justifies his...

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 4:13am

The expatriate privilege

At what stage does one wake up and everything the government and people of a nation does is bad, stupid and nonsensical? At what point do we catch ourselves, reflect and realise that there is often more than meets the eye when it comes to running a country; especially one that has had wars? What...

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 3:04am

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