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There were only good tidings from Nouakchott

As most people’s attention was riveted towards Russia following what is undoubtedly the most popular game on the planet, as they wiped their tears as their favourite football teams were bundled out unceremoniously, another big show was taking place in Nouakchott, Mauritania. In Mauritania...

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 10:53pm

Big tech is a big problem

CAMBRIDGE – Have the tech giants – Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft – grown too big, rich, and powerful for regulators and politicians ever to take them on? The international investment community seems to think so, at least if sky-high tech valuations are any...

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 10:38pm

Global aging and fiscal solvency

CAMBRIDGE  –  Government programmes to support retirees are in trouble in every country, owing to increasing life expectancy and the rising ratio of retirees to taxpayers. The problem will worsen in the years ahead as the adverse demographic trend increases the fiscal burden of...

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 10:14pm

Happy 56th birthday Rwanda, no more fake independence for you!

Independence:The state of wanting or being able to do things for yourself and make your own decisions, without help or influence from other people. For the last decade or so, I’ve written a similar version of what I call, ‘The Independence Day column. In this yearly column I stated, in...

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 12:11am

African arbitration association is a welcome initiative

In several conferences held in Africa on arbitration, a common reiteration has been to establish an agency that can promote international arbitration and other forms of international dispute resolution on the African continent. Now the dream has come true; just recently, the African Arbitration...

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 12:08am

Making innovation culture a way of life for business

In a rapidly evolving landscape where disruption is increasingly becoming the “new normal”, businesses will have to cast their nets wider in search of new ideas to drive growth and profitability. The insurance industry is no exception given the changes being witnessed in the financial...

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 12:04am

Editorial: AU prioritization of women empowerment is a win for Africa

President Paul Kagame co-chaired a meeting on “Women in Power” over the weekend. The meeting took place on the sidelines of the 33rd ordinary session of the Executive Council of the African Union (AU) that begun Sunday in Mauritania. Women empowerment is a challenge for many...

Sunday, July 1, 2018 - 11:57pm

Editorial: Happy Independence Day, you are now free

Today, Rwanda and Burundi celebrate Independence Day. Both countries were deeply affected by a dark legacy of ethnic divisions brought about by the Belgian colonisers, similar to their own Wallon/ Flamand divide they have failed to shade of for centuries. Both Burundi and Rwanda chose...

Sunday, July 1, 2018 - 12:53am

Woes of being an African football fan during the World Cup

There is no doubt that many of the people who occupy this lovely landmass called Africa are crazy about football. It is not because we are as good at it as the Indians are at cricket. In our case, it is largely because it is one of the cheapest games we can indulge in. Once we have some space and...

Sunday, July 1, 2018 - 12:53am

Globalising Kigali, one international brand at a time

The entry of German automobile guru, Volkswagen and the unveilingof its maiden locally assembled car, is a major step towards making Kigali, a brand cosmopolitan. Multi-national brands are like birds of the same feathers; they like to flock together. When an industrial ace like Volkswagen enters a...

Sunday, July 1, 2018 - 12:46am

Disruption and the future of banking

What will the banking industry look like in the next few years? Going by the number of financial technology (Fintech) solutions that come to market every year, there is no doubt that the sector faces major disruption. There will be new business models that we probably can’t envision today....

Sunday, July 1, 2018 - 12:38am

New leaders should strive to do better than their predecessors

Many districts have been busy this week filling vacancies following a string of mass resignations. It saw Mayors and their assistants calling it quits citing “personal reasons” but it is an open secret that they were nudged out for not fulfilling their duties by being allowed to resign...

Friday, June 29, 2018 - 11:54pm

Keeping tabs on ‘Scientific African’ journal

At a social gathering of close acquaintances the other day, one among us got wondering how the online journal Scientific African, launched during the Next Einstein Forum in March this year in Kigali, was shaping up. Someone observed that it was probably too early to expect it to have produced an...

Friday, June 29, 2018 - 11:34pm

Why governments should invest in sports

WASHINGTON, DC – As the World Cup unfolds, captivating soccer fans around the globe, the broad appeal of high-level sports is on full display. But the impact of sports extends far beyond major international events, as impressive they may be, to include far-reaching benefits for ordinary...

Friday, June 29, 2018 - 8:28pm

Trump undermines himself on trade

WASHINGTON, DC – US President Donald Trump recently launched a tirade against Harley-Davidson, the iconic American manufacturer of motorcycles. The cause of his outburst – accompanied by threats to impose taxes “like never before” on the company – was the news that...

Friday, June 29, 2018 - 8:06pm

The battle for Germany’s soul

STOCKHOLM – One year after the death of former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, the country he led for 16 years seems to be struggling with whether or not to follow his legacy. For Kohl, Germany’s history and central position in Europe meant that it must never pursue national greatness...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 11:47pm

Profiles in European denial

ATHENS– Europe’s establishment is luxuriating in two recent announcements that would have been momentous even if they were only partly accurate: The end of Greece’s debt crisis, and a Franco-German accord to redesign the eurozone. Unfortunately, both reports offer fresh proof of...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 11:44pm

For peace and unity, South Sudanese need a strong and selfless leadership

Imagine being caged in the contemptible conditions of a refugee camp. Yet, as if that hell is not searing at the core of your heart to engage your total attention, you go for fatal combat with kin, over a broken chair. How laughable, yet how tearfully pathetic. Mayhem and death because of a stool...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 11:30pm

Sweden giving survivors reasons to hope justice will win the day

Another notorious Genocide suspect who has been on the run for a quarter century has finally met his fate. Theodore Rukeratabaro, a former policeman in the current Western Province, spearheaded a group of Interahamwe militia who mounted countless raids at sites where Tutsi had sought refuge;...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 11:22pm

New VW plant a vote of confidence in the country’s prospects

The first VW assembled in Rwanda yesterday rolled off the assembly line ending a 16-month wait since the project was first announced. With it comes the Mobility Solutions being pioneered in Kigali, which will see the introduction of a car-sharing and hailing service. Rwanda was sending a strong...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 9:20am