Opinions

Bringing gender equality to global public health

NEW YORK – Over the past few decades, the international community has tasked itself with achieving a wide range of social and environmental objectives, many of which are enshrined in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) for 2030. We have advocated for many of these goals,...

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 9:36pm

A new economy for the Middle East and North Africa

WASHINGTON, DC – Countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) possess all of the ingredients they need to leapfrog into the digital future. They have large, well-educated youth populations that have already adopted new digital and mobile technologies on a wide scale. That combination...

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 9:32pm

Independent notaries welcome but there is need to exercise caution

This week saw, for the very first time, the swearing-in of independent notaries. With the first group of over 900 already approved, it will mean that a district will have an average of three notary officials on top of the existing ones. Authenticating documents in the past was a very tedious and...

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 3:44pm

Olympic games of governance; a case study

Seating in an African Development Bank’s conference in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, bringing together civil society, think tanks and the Bank on the subject of Africa’s industrialisation, I have a feeling of a déjà-vu. I feel, I have heard the questions being raised by CSOs and seen...

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 12:36am

Good, the youth are disrupting the digital status quo

Judging from nearly every speaker at the ongoing Transform Africa Summit, there is a lot of optimism in the air as far as embracing digital technology as a tool for economic advancement is concerned. The fourth edition of the summit, being held under the theme, “Accelerating Africa’s...

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 12:32am

How Europe should respond to Trump’s steel tariffs

RUSSELS – The last-minute decision by US President Donald Trump’s administration to delay imposing steel (and aluminum) tariffs on Canada, the European Union, and Mexico for 30 more days will ostensibly give the US a chance to negotiate a longer-term arrangement with its trading...

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 11:34pm

East Africa sinks under water as wild animals fall prey to humans

East Africa is going through a rather trying time going by some of the things that have caught my attention lately. For starters the rains seem to be beating us so hard. Floods seem to be everywhere cutting off roads and washing away homes and property. In Rwanda the disaster ministry has recorded...

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 10:23am

It is floods now, but we shouldn’t forget drought might follow

This wet season, Rwanda has received the most amount of rain in 36 years, according to environment minister, Dr Vincent Biruta, and it shows. There have been more floods than in the recent past. Roads have been cut off by landslides, houses destroyed and deaths have occurred (more than 200 since...

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 12:02am

Editorial: Transform Africa Summit opens doors to opportunity

Data is big business, very big business and everyone is vying to get a piece of the pie. That is the main focus of this year’s Transform Africa Summit (TAS) taking place in Kigali. All the African tech gurus and stakeholders in the tech industry are in town fully armed with their tech jargon...

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 12:00am

Can blockchain give an all equal playing field?

Lately, there has been lots of conversation regarding blockchain, crypto currencies and how practical they are. What kind of impact will they have on our society if any? And, more importantly, are they the real deal? Indeed Bitcoin (and crypto currency) seems to just be a speculative volatile...

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 12:00am

China won’t wait

BEIJING – The global balance of power is shifting. As the United States retreats from global leadership, China is expanding its international influence. Now, many in the West fear a China-led attempt to overhaul the rules and norms that underpin the existing world order. Are they right to be...

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 12:00am

Africa’s alternative path to development

WASHINGTON, DC – Recent projections indicate that several Sub-Saharan African countries will experience robust economic growth over the next five years. By 2023, around one-third of the region’s economies will have grown at an average annual rate of 5% or higher since 2000. And yet, as...

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 10:39am

Whose responsibility is it to scale up arbitration in Africa?

Last week, May 3-4, 2018, I attended the 4th Edition of the SOAS Arbitration in Africa Conference held in Kigali, organised by the Kigali International Arbitration Centre (KIAC). The purpose was to analyse the role of Arbitration practitioners in Africa and how they can play a pivotal role in...

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 1:33am

Editorial: Transform Africa Summit is a golden opportunity to the youth

some 4,000 delegates from around Africa and beyond have descended on Kigali for the 4th edition of the annual Transform Africa Summit. The year’s discussions will be held under the theme, ‘Accelerating Africa’s Single Digital Market’.  The gathering is a platform to...

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 1:28am

Donald Trump’s normal Fed

CAMBRIDGE – In a presidency that has shown little regard for conventional institutional norms, how can one explain Donald Trump’s completely reasonable appointments to the Federal Reserve Board? The most recent nominations, Columbia professor Richard Clarida and Michelle Bowman, the...

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 12:00am

Understanding media hype

Media hype can be dangerous and quite disruptive; but as a Public Relations actor, I am guilty to an extent, of creating some of it, in the past. There are two ongoing cases of media hype one disruptive and the other simply misleading and annoying. Let us start with the disruptive one involving...

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 12:00am

Editorial: Automating RSE could not have come at a better time

Just recently, Bralirwa, the country’s top brewer, announced that its after-tax profit had increased by over 260 percent. That news must have sounded like sweet music to its shareholders. It is also good news to the company as its profitability will sure attract increased attention as more...

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 11:36pm

How firms partner with peers through open innovation

In his book “Open Innovation: The New Imperative for Creating and Profiting from Technology”, Henry Chesbrough coined the term ‘‘open innovation,’’ where companies have shifted from closed innovation processes towards a more transparent way of innovating....

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 11:29pm

Transform Africa Summit: Keep in mind the gig economy workers

This year’s Labour Day lived up to its billing, celebrating the worker in the region and around the world. And, for African workers on digital platforms, it perhaps was also an opportunity that the day was observed so close to the 4th Transform Africa Summit coming up next week in Kigali. I...

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 12:03am

Reforming the education system needs a sturdy broom

Overhauling the education system has been the country’s priority when it turned out that most graduates churned out were not ready for the job market. The reforms were wide-reaching beginning with English being made the teaching medium, a move that many teachers were slow to adopt. English...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 11:57pm