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Rwanda, US relations strong – Amb. Vrooman

The United States Ambassador to Rwanda, Peter Hendrick Vrooman has said that longstanding US-Rwanda relations remain stable, despite recent trade disagreements. He said this in an exclusive interview with Sunday Times this week. In March, President Donald Trump said he would suspend Rwanda’...

Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 2:05am

Parents urged to talk to their children about reproductive health

Parents should talk to their children about reproductive health at an early age as a way of preparing them for the future. The call was made yesterday by Mireille Batamuriza, in charge of health at Imbuto Foundation, during the launch a handbook that can help parents talk with their children...

Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 2:01am

US based Rwandans develop mobile app to promote local music

The local music industry has for long struggled to find its footing on the international market due to lack of systematic exposure to the global community and very few artistes in Rwanda can solely rely on their music for financial gains. Now they could soon find a solution to their music getting...

Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 1:32am

Could WiFi be giving our children cancer?

Plenty of children these days are so obsessed with having internet access that they will virtually refuse to go on holiday unless the hotel or villa has WiFi. They’re certainly used to being fully ‘connected’ at school, where millions of youngsters who were once taught with chalk...

Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 1:27am

Traffic police to use dash cameras in fighting crime

A new traffic camera system meant to detect multiple traffic offences in all parts of the city will soon be tried out , traffic police has said. In an interview with Sunday Times, Senior Supt. Jean Marie Vianney Ndushabandi, the spokesperson for traffic and road safety department said there is a...

Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 1:17am

Over 20 girls acquire coding skills

26 girls were this week awarded certificates in programming, after attending an intensive free three-month programming and coding boot camp, dubbed “She Can Code program”.  The graduates were between the ages of 18-24. The program is the brainchild of Igire Rwanda Organisation in...

Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 1:08am

Govt to tap diaspora expertise in fresh move to enhance TVET

A study is underway to determine how many Rwandans living abroad have technical, vocational education and training expertise and would be willing to return home, and help transfer their know-how so as to boost the country’s development agenda. The local office of the International...

Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 12:05am

Understanding the Chinese way of preserving history, culture

There is no culture and history if the past is not documented and society is affected when history is preserved. History teaches us what our past was and prepares us to live a better present and a better future. Every country tries to maintain their past in various museums and other historic...

Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 11:59pm

Why women struggle to thrive in the media industry

There has been impressive progress towards gender parity in a lot of sectors other than the media industry according to statistics from the Rwanda Media Commission. Only 28% of all media practitioners in Rwanda are female, something which poses a challenge in terms of gender promotion. Peace...

Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 11:55pm

Ambassador Vrooman on why he has been on a country tour of Rwanda

In February this year, the United States Senate confirmed a new ambassador to replace Erica J. Barks-Ruggles, who had spent nearly three years in Rwanda representing her country. While we rarely see diplomats in public, the new ambassador is unique. He is active on Twitter and always keen to...

Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 11:25pm

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