Opinions

Are emerging markets the canary in the financial coal mine?

BUENOS AIRES – Are brewing exchange-rate and debt crises in Argentina and Turkey localised events without broader implications? Or are they early warning signs of deeper fragilities in bloated global debt markets that are being exposed as the US Federal Reserve continues to normalise interest...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 8:59pm

Africa in the era of Trump

“Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go 10,000 miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on brown people in Vietnam after so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights?” These remarks were made by boxing icon Mohamed Ali on April...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 11:02am

Adopting improved mining practices will bring in top dollar

During the recent visit by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, one of the many areas of discussions was cooperation in mining. Ten years ago, few believed that Rwanda was awash with several minerals Coltan, Gold, wolfram tin, to name but a few. The widely spread belief was that the country was...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 5:31am

We can put an end to single-use plastics

For more than two decades, Rwanda has prioritised environmental protection and conservation. This focus on sustainable development and ensuring a healthy environment for all people living in, and visiting, Rwanda has had a significant return on investment. One of the major green initiatives was...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 5:31am

Nile Basin Initiative: Only collective action will get us to our destination

You need to get home but the bus keeps breaking down. If all passengers on the bus combine efforts and push, they can successfully reach their destination – safe and sound. However, instead, some prefer to remain on board and not contribute to the collective effort. Eventually those pushing...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 5:31am

We must not let education become the forgotten casualty of climate change

On World Environment Day, there will be plenty of words spoken about the obvious damage being wreaked by climate change - the chaos of hurricanes, wild fires and melting polar ice caps is there for all to see. But there’s another more hidden casualty of this new world of rising temperatures...

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 7:51pm

Why everyone loves talking about Rwanda

Rwanda is rarely out of the news these days. Most times it is for good reasons even if the motive for being there is usually ill-intentioned. We have to get used to it. It comes with doing things that attract attention, admiration or envy. It has not always been like this. For a long time, this...

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 5:31am

The Asset we cannot afford to neglect

London – “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest,” wrote Benjamin Franklin. A fervent advocate for public education, and a founder of libraries, schools, and the University of Pennsylvania, Franklin viewed education as the foundation of human progress. If he were alive...

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 5:31am

Chutzpah: The audacity of the new Rwanda

Happy June! Happy 2018! It’s been almost two years since I’ve put my thoughts on paper and, to be honest, I’ve missed doing so. Over the last two years Rwanda has witnessed major reforms, developments, sporting victories and tragedies. We’ve seen droughts and we’ve...

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 10:50am

A letter to a Western friend

Greetings my friend. I still remember vividly the last conversation we had on a plane. You had just attended an international conference in Kigali, and was visibly excited both about the conference, and Rwanda, the country. And excited you must be, as we all are, because you have visited us, time...

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 9:41am

Congratulations to Bona, Team Rwanda Cycling!

Rwanda Cycling Federation has masterminded another victory. This time around through 25-year-old Bonaventure Uwizeyimana, fondly known as Bona, who won the 15th edition of Tour du Cameroun yesterday, to become the first Rwandan to win the annual UCI-rated race. Team Rwanda swept all three top...

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 7:41am

Making the most of Asia’s aging populations

Rapid population aging poses a serious threat to Asia’s long-term economic prospects. But, with the right policies, Asian economies can mitigate the risks of this demographic trend and capitalize on their “silver dividend” to become more productive, resilient, and dynamic than...

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 5:04am

Only noise that matters is the one the gorillas are making

The announcement that English Premier League club, Arsenal FC had entered a partnership with Rwanda really rubbed some people the wrong way. They threw all caution to the wind and went native on Rwanda for making such an investment. Apparently, because Rwanda receives aid for one reason or another...

Sunday, June 3, 2018 - 5:04am

Diaspora, a key element in our development

There has been a misconception (largely given credence by images of a large number of young African migrants drowning in the Mediterranean Sea) that most migration is directed towards Europe. They say they are a burden to the host countries, take away jobs from nationals by providing cheap labour...

Sunday, June 3, 2018 - 5:04am

Changing the African narrative: We have it backwards

Africa Rising. A term featured on famous publications like The economist and Time magazine showcasing the western world’s epiphany towards Africa. It is also another example of the west insisting on telling Africa’s story. With perspectives advised by documentaries curated by...

Sunday, June 3, 2018 - 5:04am

Solar and wind power is doing great, but let’s also understand the shortcomings

Addressing the need for power in Africa is not an issue up for debate. It is a given we urgently need electricity in our growing cities up to the furthest villages. The more pertinent issue is how sustainable the available electricity options are as the continent seeks to industrialise and raise...

Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 5:04am

Cyber laws are necessary but need careful navigation

Countries in the region, especially Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda, have in the past few weeks been grappling with how to tackle the internet that has been seemingly getting out of control. The measures and motives by individual countries vary, but the bottom line is that the cyber community...

Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 5:04am

Overcoming the politics of pessimism

LONDON – A big reason why Western politics is in such disarray is voters’ pessimism about the future. According to the Pew Research Center, 60% of Westerners believe today’s children will be “worse off financially than their parents,” while most Europeans think the...

Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 5:04am

Italy’s slow-motion euro train wreck

NEW YORK – The possibility of a populist, Euroskeptic government coming to power in Italy has focused investors’ minds like few other events this year. The yield differential, or spread, between Italian and German bonds has widened sharply, indicating that investors view Italy as a...

Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 5:04am