Rwanda Royal Tour documentary premieres in US

President Paul Kagame last night attended the premiere of the documentary, Rwanda Royal Tour, an event that took place in Chicago, United States. The documentary features Rwanda’s tourist attractions with the Head of State playing the role of tour guide. The documentary was shot late last...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 11:20 AM

Airtel Tigo dismisses about 50 workers, cites redundancy

Barely three months after the formalisation of acquisition of Tigo Rwanda Ltd by Bharti Airtel Limited – the parent company for Airtel Rwanda – and the consequent merger of the two telecommunication companies, Airtel last week terminated employment of 49 employees. The termination of...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 1:09 AM

Top Tigo Rwanda executive defects to MTN Rwanda

MTN Rwanda has appointed Chantal Umutoni Kagame as the new Chief Business and Corporate Affairs Officer. Kagame was until recently the deputy Chief Executive Officer of Tigo Rwanda which was recently acquired by Bharti Airtel Ltd. She had served in that post since June 2015. Officials at MTN...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 12:09 AM

16 new reforms will boost doing business – official

In October last year, after the launch of the 2018 World Bank Doing Business Report, the government announced that they would be introducing about 15 reforms in various sectors. Last week, a number of reforms were rolled out, and they include indicators like getting electricity, getting a...

Monday, April 23, 2018, 12:09 AM

Rwanda to host Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 2020

Rwanda has been selected as host of the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), to be held in 2020. UK Prime Minister Teresa May announced the development at a news conference held at the end of this year’s CHOGM that took place in the British capital, London. President Paul...

Saturday, April 21, 2018, 12:42 AM

Rwanda commits to halve malaria cases in five years

Rwanda has joined the recently launched Commonwealth Nations initiative to curb malaria by half in the next five years. The initiative, launched on Wednesday at the Malaria Summit London 2018, on the sidelines of the ongoing Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), calls on the 53...

Friday, April 20, 2018, 12:10 AM

Gorilla trekking in Virunga ranked top touristic experience

Gorilla trekking in the Virunga National Park has been named among the top tour and travel experiences by World's Best Travel Bucket List Experiences, a renowned travel website. In compiling the list, the outlet sought inputs from over 800 leading travel agencies and professionals. Gorilla...

Thursday, April 19, 2018, 6:52 PM

Kagame: Africa must improve business environment to benefit from AfCFTA

President Paul Kagame has said that even with the recent signing of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), African leaders must work to improve the business environment for citizens to fully benefit from the trade deal. Kagame was yesterday speaking in the United Kingdom at the...

Thursday, April 19, 2018, 1:36 AM

RRA seeks additional budget for value added tax refunds

Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) is seeking a supplementary budget to be able to make value added tax refunds, which have been pending and accumulating over time. This comes at a time when a section of large taxpayers have expressed concern over delays by the revenue body to pay back refunds which...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 11:28 PM

Government rolls out new Doing Business reforms

With the deadline to review the World Bank Doing Business reforms looming, the Government is rolling out reforms in three sectors to improve the business ecosystem. The three reforms are aiming at reducing bureaucracy in construction, ensuring timely electricity provision for investors, and...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 9:05 AM

Revenue body replaces EBM devices

Are you a value added taxpayer who uses an Electronic Billing Machine? The machine is in the process of becoming obsolete. Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) is in the process of replacing the Electronic Billing Machines with an internet-based software that will be offered for free to all VAT...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 12:33 AM

What next after City of Kigali’s mayor resignation?

The sudden resignation of Pascal Nyamulinda as Kigali City mayor was top on the agenda of Friday afternoon’s Kigali City Council’s meeting which was chaired by Athanase Rutabingwa. Rutabingwa is the chairperson of the Council that brings together 33 members representing varied...

Monday, April 16, 2018, 1:38 AM

Kigali City Mayor Nyamulinda resigns

The Mayor of the City of Kigali, Pascal Nyamulinda, resigned from the position effective Tuesday. In his resignation letter to the city council, Nyamulinda cited personal reasons. The resignation was confirmed by Kigali City Spokesperson Bruno Rangira. Nyamulinda assumed office in February last...

Thursday, April 12, 2018, 12:27 AM

Zimbabwe seeks to replicate RDB model

Zimbabwe is seeking to replicate Rwanda Development Board’s model to set up its own one-stop investment promotion agency, Business Times understands. As such, Harare invited Rwanda to help with the process. Subsequently, Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa invited RDB chief...

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 11:01 PM

Kigali City Mayor Nyamulinda resigns

The Mayor of the City of Kigali, Pascal Nyamulinda has resigned from the position effective yesterday when he wrote to the city council. In his resignation letter, Nyamulinda cited personal reasons. The resignation was confirmed by Kigali City Spokesperson Bruno Rangira in a telephone interview...

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 11:58 AM

RDB named among top investment promotion agencies in the region

Rwanda Development Board was on Monday night feted as one of the eastern Africa’s best investment promotion agencies at an annual investment meeting conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The Annual Investment Meeting is a Foreign Direct Investment summit bringing together investors,...

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 12:55 AM

Kagame appoints new ministers

President Paul Kagame Friday appointed new Ministers for Finance and Infrastructure. Dr Uzziel Ndagijimana is the new Minister for Finance replacing Claver Gatete who will now head the Ministry of Infrastructure, taking over from James Musoni. Ndagijimana has been the Minister of State for...

Friday, April 6, 2018, 9:30 PM

Facebook, Carnegie Mellon University in joint effort to tackle cybercrime

With cybercrime increasingly becoming a major threat both in Rwanda and globally, social media firm Facebook and Carnegie Mellon University Africa have joined hands to devise viable solutions to the problem. Rwanda hosts the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Africa campus. The two entities...

Friday, April 6, 2018, 12:00 AM

Zipline introduces faster drone model

Zipline Inc, a California-based robotics firm which operates delivery of blood supplies to remote areas in Rwanda, has developed the fastest commercial delivery drone, it said. The new model, which the firm says has a top speed of about 128km per hour, is set to improve the efficiency of local...

Thursday, April 5, 2018, 12:14 AM

Karusisi to remain at helm of BK Group

Diane Karusisi will continue to serve as the head of BK Group PLC, The New Times has learned. Karusisi is also the Chief Executive Officer of Bank of Kigali Ltd, a subsidiary of the Group. BK Group PLC was formed in December. Under the new structure, the Group operates as an investment company...

Thursday, April 5, 2018, 12:08 AM