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Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit Rwanda next month

Chinese President Xi Jinping is scheduled to visit the country next month for a 2-day state visit. According to the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Olivier Nduhungirehe, the highly anticipated visit will see the two countries further strengthen their relations. Xi Jinping will be the first...

Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 1:14am

Rwandan specialty coffee showcased in Amsterdam

Rwanda’s specialty coffee is being showcased at the World of Coffee exhibition that is underway in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The Rwandan coffee is being showcased under the theme; “Rwanda Coffee – A Second Sunrise”. A delegation of 21 exhibitors travelled from Kigali to...

Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 12:54am

East Africa’s civil society issues caution over public debt

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) from East African Community are urging caution over borrowing to finance the budgets of member countries. Members from the CSOs, made the call while meeting in Kigali to discuss the 2018/19 draft budgets that were unveiled last week. Ministers for Finance from...

Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 12:19am

SACCO managers urged to be professional

The Minister for Trade and Industry, Vincent Munyeshyaka, has urged Umurenge savings and credit co-operatives (Saccos) managers to uphold professionalism and accountability to boost rural access to financial services. The Minister was speaking recently in Kigali during a consultative meeting with...

Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 12:03am

Kenya police arrest 10 officials over contraband sugar

Kenyan police on Friday arrested 10 government officials as they intensify crackdown on contraband sugar widely in circulation across the country. The officials from the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), the country’s quality assurance body which certifies goods, are being questioned by the...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 11:50pm

BRD, Swedish body in $40m deal to boost energy sector

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Development Bank of Rwanda (BRD) have signed two energy agreements guarantees that will see the bank lending to energy sector investors. The signing ceremony was held Thursday at BRD headquarters between the Head of...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 11:12pm

Tech firms commit to use ICT to fight genocide ideology

Several players within the country’s ICT sector have committed to use their skills to fight genocide ideology as well as rebuilding the country. Members of ICT Chamber in the Private Sector Federation made the commitment on Thursday while visiting the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Gisozi to...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 11:09pm

UN peacekeeping course ends at Gishari

The United Nations Police Officer Course (UNPOC) ended Friday at the Police Training School (PTS) Gishari in Rwamagana District as the regional peace and security body – EASF – continues to develop their capacity in peacekeeping duties. Over 50 Police officers from the Eastern Africa...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 11:07pm

Gasabo man on the run after hacking wife with machete

A woman is fighting for her life in Rwanda Military Hospital after being hacked and left for dead by her husband. The attack took place Thursday morning, in Rusororo sector, Gasabo district. Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) has mounted a countrywide search for the man who has been identified as...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 11:03pm

Tunisia arrests people smuggler after 87 drowned

Tunisia on Friday arrested the main organiser of a migrant smuggling operation after at least 87 people drowned when their boat sank off the southern coast this month, the government said. The boat sank off Kerkenna island from where it had set out. Dozens of people were rescued by the coastguard...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 11:01pm

Comesa region lags behind in robotics, artificial intelligence

Countries in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) are lagging behind with respect to robotics, artificial intelligence and technology infrastructure and skills acquisition. Jean-Baptiste Mutabazi, the regional bloc’s Director of Infrastructure, noted this during...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 9:05am

Transformation ought to focus on citizens – Kagame

President Paul Kagame has said that national and continental transformation ought to focus primarily on investing in citizens. President Kagame was speaking at the second African Transformation Forum, in Accra, Ghana alongside Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo, Côte d'Ivoire's...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 8:51am

World Bank revises Rwanda’s economic growth projection to 7 per cent

The World Bank Group projects that the economy will grow by 7 per cent riding on exports, agriculture sector and narrowing trade imbalance. The group has previously projected economic growth in 2018 would be at 6.2 per cent. The projections were announced during the latest World Bank Economic...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 8:05am

Senators: 2018/19 budget is inclusive

The Senate Wednesday commended the proposed budget for 2018/19 as inclusive of all crucial sectors in the country, a resolution that will help fast-track Parliament’s final approval of the draft budget law tabled in the House last week. Senators made their approval of the budget...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 12:55am

Are Rwanda’s tax incentives good for the economy?

Rwanda’s tax incentives are probably too generous and risk being unsustainable in the long run, finance experts from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said yesterday. According to the IMF, the tax-based incentives are important to attract investors, however, in the long run, such...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 12:41am

Mutuelle de Santé rolls out special coverage for people with disability

People with disabilities will be happy to learn that effective June 2018, orthopedics and other specialized therapies will be covered by the community-based health insurance, commonly known as Mutuelle de santé. Common procedures may include crutches, arthroplasty for knees, hips and...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 12:26am

Early pregnancies rife in Nyabiheke Refugee Camp

Refugees in Nyabiheke Refugee Camp have appealed to government and other stakeholders to help curb cases of early pregnancies that are rampant in the camp. The Gatsibo District-based camp, which has hosted Congolese refugees since 2005, is currently home to 16,844 refugees. Early pregnancies...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 12:09am

Extensive amendments to child law under scrutiny by Parliament

Members of parliament examining the new law on child rights have said that parents have the primary responsibility to ensure the safety and welfare of their children. The amendments to the existing law have been tabled by the Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion and the National Children...

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 11:55pm

Push to mainstream technology in businesses as regional industry dialogue opens in Kigali

To collectively succeed in ensuring that smart technologies boost the continental development agenda, governments and businesses must work together, an official emphasised at the beginning of the COMESA CONNECT Industry Dialogue that started in Kigali on Thursday. The two-day event held under the...

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 12:45pm

AU Chair calls for global solidarity to support refugees

Many African countries have demonstrated remarkably high level of solidarity providing asylum to refugees at a time of greater anxiety, xenophobia, and closure of borders and denial of asylum in many parts of the world. Yet, the Chairperson of African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat observes...

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 12:29pm