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, 12:05 AM

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, 12:36 AM

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, 12:45 PM

Mining accidents on the rise; who should be held responsible?

Last week, the officer in charge of mining at COTRAF – one of the labour unions – was going about her routine inspection of a Cassiterite mining company in Rwamagana District when a casual labourer died after a wall caved in. The deceased worker, Vincent Ntaganda left behind a wife and...

Monday, June 18, 2018, 11:59 PM

COMESA searching for solutions to transform and sustain competitive businesses

The COMESA Connect Industry Dialogue set for June 21st to 22th, in Kigali, will bring together high level technical expertise from the public and private sector to provide common solutions that will prepare, protect, revolutionize and sustain competitive businesses, organizers say. Formed in...

Monday, June 18, 2018, 9:29 PM

EAC budgets prioritise job creation

Finance Ministers from East African Community partner states on Thursday unveiled their budgets simultaneously under one similar theme; ‘Industrialisation for Job Creation and Shared Prosperity’. Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya presented their 2018/19 financial year budgets on...

Friday, June 15, 2018, 12:44 AM

Remittances rise by 17 per cent last year

Inbound remittances to Rwanda increased by 17 percent from $155.4 million in fiscal year 2015/2016 to $181.9 million in fiscal year 2016/2017, according to figures from Central Bank. Inbound remittance is the money sent to loved ones in the country by relatives and friends from overseas. During...

Thursday, June 14, 2018, 1:23 PM

Checkmate: The rise of chess in Rwanda

Rwanda Chess Federation (FERWADE) president Kevin Ganza has said he is contented that in spite of challenges, the two-player strategy board game is on the rise in the country. This came shortly after participants from eight federations; Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan, Burundi, India, England,...

Monday, June 11, 2018, 9:21 PM

Youngsters impress at 2018 Genocide Memorial Chess Tournament

Rwandan youngsters made an impression at the 2018 Genocide Memorial Chess Tournament (GMCT) which concluded Sunday night in Kigali even though members of the Ugandan delegation, as expected, dominated the medals podium. The tournament comprised a rated international section – with 33...

Monday, June 11, 2018, 12:22 PM

We are delighted Rwanda is hosting CHOGM - British Envoy

The British High Commissioner to Rwanda, Jo Lomas, on Friday told reporters that her government is delighted Rwanda was in April chosen to host the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), to be held in 2020. CHOGM is a meeting of the heads of government from all Commonwealth member...

Friday, June 8, 2018, 4:31 PM

Rwanda says UN court can still salvage its credibility

There are two suggestions for the Mechanism for the International Criminal Tribunals (MICT) to consider if it is to salvage its credibility and, by extension, its legacy, according to Rwanda’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Amb. Valentine Rugwabiza. She was addressing the UN...

Friday, June 8, 2018, 12:46 AM

Rwanda presents suggestions to save MICT from credibility crisis

Rwanda's Permanent Representative to the UN Valentine Rugwabiza on Thursday presented two alternatives to the Security Council to save the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT) from what Kigali perceives as worrying credibility crisis. She was elaborating to the Security...

Thursday, June 7, 2018, 5:16 PM

FDI flows to Africa dip by 21 per cent – report

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) flows to Africa last year dipped by a significant 21per cent to $42 billion, according to the World Investment Report 2018, that was launched on Wednesday by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). According to the report, the decline was concentrated...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 9:48 PM

Foreign stars for chess memorial tournament

The 2018 Genocide Memorial Chess Tournament (GMCT),  which gets underway Friday at Classic Hotel in Kigali, is expected to be dominated by Ugandan and Nigerian stars, after particularly top Ugandan players registered for the three-day event. Rwanda Chess Federation (FERWADE) president Kevin...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 5:00 AM

Activists push for free sanitary pads for girls from poor families

Activists and teachers have called for the provision of free sanitary pads for schoolgirls which will ensure that no girl misses classes or drops out of school just because of menstruation periods. With knowledge that many girls miss school during their periods, in August 2013, the East African...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 5:00 AM

Millions of Africans going to Europe is a myth – UNCTAD official

Claudia Roethlisberger, Economic Affairs Officer with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) was in Kigali last week to launch the UN body’s 2018 Economic Development in Africa Report which argues, among others, that well-managed migration provides an important means...

Sunday, June 3, 2018, 5:00 AM

Experts see opportunity in intra-Africa migration

Migration contributes to gross domestic product, employment, trade, poverty reduction and inclusive growth, a new report by the UN body on trade and development, UNCTAD has said. The report, titled Economic Development in Africa Report 2018: Migration for Structural Transformation, was discussed...

Friday, June 1, 2018, 12:24 PM

2018 Genocide memorial chess tourney will be bigger – official

Organisers say the 2018 Genocide Memorial Chess Tournament, which starts June 8 in Kigali, will be a bigger affair than last year’s edition since there will be participants from more countries. Last year, players from six countries, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Uganda, DR Congo and England...

Friday, June 1, 2018, 4:10 AM

Rwanda’s fourteen-year journey of peacekeeping

Every time Rwandan troops leave Kigali to join other UN personnel serving in some of the world’s hotspots, their commanders’ message is always similar: maintain highest levels of discipline, focus on the mission at hand – protection of civilians whose lives are at risk – and...

Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 5:00 AM

Peacekeepers Day: UN boss commits to more effective peacekeeping operations

UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, has said he is committed to taking action to make peacekeeping operations of the global organisation safer and more effective in today’s challenging environments. He said this in his special message on the International Day of United Nations...

Tuesday, May 29, 2018, 11:20 AM