Rwanda

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...

Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 7:39am

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kigali to host headquarters of African Arbitration Association

Rwanda was this week selected to host of headquarters of the newly created African Arbitration Association (AfAA). Rwanda was selected after a competitive process, winning 62 per cent of the vote. The association will be officially launched on June 29 in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire....

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 12:18pm

[FEATURED]: MTN’s “21 days of Y’ello care” reaches Murama School

Students of Groupe Scolaire Muramba were the beneficiaries of MTN’s “21 days of Yello Care”, an annual drive where the Telcom operator gives back to the community. The school, located in Rwamagana district received a massive water tank with a capacity of 10,000 litres. With...

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 1:01pm

How RRA will fund 2018/2019 budget

A common characteristic of recent Rwanda annual budgets is the attempt by the Economic Planning Department at the Ministry of Finance walk a thin line between increasing domestic tax receipts without increasing tax rates for residents. The 2018/2019 budget read last week on Thursday was no...

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 10:06am

Kwibuka24: Reflecting on the rescue operation at Saint Paul

When the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi started, hopeless Tutsi who were targeted could go places to find haven and most of them flocking churches and church run facilities believing no killings could take place in holy sanctuaries. Little did they know that humanity had been lost and bad...

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 9:59am

Kagame participates in car-free day

President Kagame on Sunday joined Kigali residents for the bi-monthly car-free day. Addressing the hundreds of residents who had turned up for the exercise, the President appreciated the fact that young people, as well as the elderly were participating in the exercises. He added that a healthy body...

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 8:33am