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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

Why agriculture growth projections are going down

Although agriculture contributes significantly to the country’s economy, its growth projections continue to go down, comparing to the past years while industry and service sector growth projections maintain an upward trend. Agriculture is projected to grow by 5.6 per cent in 2018 down from 7...

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 11:34am

Parents, teachers welcome ban on cell phones in schools

Both teachers and parents have welcomed the ban of cell phone use by students in primary and secondary schools that was announced recently by the Ministry of Education. Martin Masabo, the head teacher of Lycée de Kigali, said students should not be allowed to use mobile phones in anyway and...

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 8:54am

AU targets 30 countries to ratify AfCTA by December

December 20 is the target to have at least 30 African countries to have ratified the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTA), members of the Senate heard on Tuesday. Updating the Senators on where Rwanda stands since it ratified the agreement in April, the Minister of Trade and Industry;...

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 8:46am

Africa now has its own arbitration; will disputes be resolved on the continent?

London and Paris, both European cities, were the go-to destinations to resolve commercial disputes – outside conventional courts – amongst African firms or shareholders. The other option was Dubai, which too was a costly option out of Africa. That is set to change, experts say, thanks...

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 8:19am

New Rwf8bn project to fight graft, enhance access to justice

A new project to help fight corruption and enhance access to justice in the country is set to kick off next month. This was announced Wednesday by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Johnston Busingye during a consultative meeting between government entities in the justice sector and...

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 12:22am

Nyagatare: Fight against illicit drugs paying off

All liquors mostly packaged in banned plastic bags, are classified as narcotics in Rwanda. The law governing narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and precursors in Rwanda, in its Article 24, also states that “any drink that exceeds forty five percent of alcohol and any other drink which...

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 12:21am

First rehabilitation centre for women delinquents to be open by December

Girls and women who have indulged in various petty crimes such as drug abuse will, for the first time, have a centre where they will be rehabilitated before they can be reunited with their families and reintegrated in their communities. The construction of the centre, which will cost about Rwf2.9...

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 12:20am

Mutuelle subscribers urged to use Irembo amid system breakdown in SACCOs

There have been complaints by some people that they have been having trouble with the new online payment system for community health insurance, Mutuelle de Santé. As the June 30 deadline looms on the insurance premiums for 2017/18 fiscal year, some fear they may not be covered for next year, at...

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 12:19am

FEATURED: How electricity connectivity has improved livelihoods of residents in Gisagara district

Janvier Muhoza, 19, owns and operates a barber shop which he started a month ago as a result of access to electricity connection made in Ruhuha Model Village under the Integrated Development Programme in Mamba sector, Gisagara District. Muhoza was not fortunate to continue his studies, having...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 10:59pm

FEATURED: Kenya Ports Authority easing cost of trade for Rwanda

For a country like Rwanda, with no access to the continent’s massive water bodies, the cost of moving goods from ports in Mombasa and Dar la salam is very high. But yet still, the distance that exists between the country and the closest ports is long, hence a need for added facilities if...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 10:59pm

Two dead in armed attack in Nyaruguru District

Armed attackers Tuesday night raided Nyabimata Sector Nyaruguru District in the Southern Province killing two and injuring three. According to Police, among the injured was the Executive Secretary of Nyabimata Sector, Vincent Nsengiyumva. His car was also set alight. They also unsuccessfully tried...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 6:41pm