Opinions

Getting the inequality we want

AMSTERDAM – Everyone, it seems, is talking about inequality. Media outlets publish article after article on the topic. Politicians include it in their speeches and platforms. Yet, even though economists like Thomas Piketty and Joseph E. Stiglitz have proved, through meticulous research, the...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 10:30pm

An amazonian trade strategy for Africa

ACCRA – At a recent summit in Kigali, Rwanda, 44 African heads of state signed a new free-trade agreement aimed at changing the way the region does business. If every African Union country were to join the Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), the resulting single market would be one of the...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 10:27pm

Cryptocurrencies hype and the prospect of an African digital money

A renowned crypto enthusiast and expert on Bitcoin trading, Neuner tweeted recently a simple fact that highlights the impact of the technological revolution under way. Citing a Bitcoin exchange only two years old without any other physical branch and 300 employees making 200M$ benefits in the...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 2:38pm

Rwanda: The Royal Tour shows us that the summit is in sight

Watching this documentary puts you at the apex of the triumph of good over evil. The top of a literal rise of a country, sphinx-like, from the ashes – liquid and scarlet red ashes. Be you national or foreigner, knowing that ‘liquid ashes bottom’, you’ll not be left...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 12:18am

Editorial: RAMA and Mutuelle de Santé should offer same services

Rwanda Military Hospital, Kanombe has broken the ground yet again by opening a fertility clinic, a much-sought after service for infertile couples. Very few people could afford the in-vitro fertilisation process and other related treatment whose costs have soared to as much as ten million francs....

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 12:16am

Refugees may be having it tough, but they are not above the country’s laws

For the last couple of months, a well-orchestrated unrest has been disturbing the peace at Kiziba refugee camp, home to over 17,000 Congolese refugees They fled their homes in eastern DR Congo and some have been refugees for as long as two decades. What began as protests over food cuts by the UN...

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 10:06am

The time for Africa’s media house is now

The discussion as to whether or not it is time for Africa to have her own large, well respected media house has been ramping up over the last few weeks. The idea fueling the discussion is that Africa needs to begin telling her own stories to ensure that the information captured shares the full...

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 11:37pm

Economic instability; the evolving major threat to freedom of media

The debate in media sphere at different levels has for so long pointed to freedom of expression as the core threat to the media industry. This will even be underscored on World Press Freedom Day 2018, to be observed on Thursday May 3 under the theme “Keeping Power in Check”: Media,...

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 9:28pm

Why you should not ask free stuff from creatives

Entrepreneurs are warriors. I had never understood this concept until I became one. Until I embarked on the quest for a lasting impact in Rwanda’s private sector. In the age of unstoppable ability to live out your passion, especially in the fashion industry, you once - or so many times -...

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 9:27pm

Mo Ibrahim was here!

IN Rwandan culture, nothing is more precious than a visitor; the ‘milk for visitors’ is set apart and handled with special care. An evening chat with visiting colleagues last week however, revealed that the culture is shared across the continent; a Senegalese insisting that ‘...

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 1:29am

Facing Facebook’s responsibility

LONDON – When Facebook went public in May 2012, its capacity for effective corporate governance was already in doubt. Fast-forward six years, and Facebook has accumulated massive power, access, and influence – and, in many ways, proved the doubters right. The doubters were no small...

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 12:25am

The public-private partnership concerto

CAMBRIDGE – As an old tale has it, there once was a competition between two pianists. After listening to the first pianist, the jury awarded the prize to the second. There was no need to listen further, because who could possibly be worse? The same logic may seem to apply to public-private...

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 12:19am

Rwanda: The Royal Tour - Beauty and innovation leads the way

Last week I was most fortunate to be among the 250 invited guests at the New York City preview of the new documentary Rwanda: The Royal Tour by director Peter Greenberg. New York audiences are typically, highly skeptical but this documentary and the interaction between Peter Greenberg and H.E....

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 11:18pm

Setting free University of Rwanda best decision

The Government has again proposed changes regarding University of Rwanda (UR) five years since the major changes that saw the merger of seven institutions of higher learning to create six colleges. After the merger, teething problems began to arise; financial woes set in and even paying lecturers...

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 11:02pm

New face of labour

Today we mark International Labour Day to honour the men and women whose work makes our lives worth living. The celebration comes with a bonus of a public holiday, and so you are probably reading this from the comfort of your home. We mark the day, not in praise of labour as purely physical...

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 1:24am

Editorial: Self-financing is very possible if we plug waste loopholes

Today is Labour Day, a day to celebrate the hard work put in by employees worldwide. In Rwanda, today comes with good and bad news. First the bad news; The Auditor General’s (AG) report presented yesterday in Parliament came with the same old gloomy news that some state entities are still...

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 1:21am

Why we need globalization

TOKYO – From the Brexit vote to Donald Trump’s election as US president to rising support for populist parties in countries like Germany and Italy, much of the electoral upheaval in Western democracies in recent years has been attributed at least partly to a backlash against...

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 12:00am

Connecting the continent, accelerating transformation

In 2006, the Government of Rwanda partnered with the International Telecommunications Union to host the Connect Africa Summit that was held in Kigali the next year. The leaders of our continent understood that the rapid advances of information and communication technology represented an...

Monday, April 30, 2018 - 11:23pm

Editorial: Local businesses need to step up their game if they are to tap into growing opportunities

RwandAir on Friday launched its 25th destination with a new route to the Nigerian capital Abuja.   The development means that the national carrier now flies to two Nigerian cities – in addition to Lagos.  Officials also said they plan to open more long-haul routes in the next...

Monday, April 30, 2018 - 3:19pm

Why security of personal data must be bolstered

Following reports that research firm Cambridge Analytica improperly gained access to the personal data of as many as 87 million Facebook users in the USA, Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, reassured Facebook users of the firm’s readiness to bolster privacy measures with new data access...

Monday, April 30, 2018 - 11:18am