FEATURED: REG moves to implement new doing business reforms

On Friday, Rwanda Energy Group (REG) officially announced that it will start implementing, with immediate effect, the new reforms in the energy sector aimed at easing doing business in Rwanda. The new reforms include the strengthening of transmission and distribution networks stability,...

Friday, April 20, 2018, 11:55 PM

Over 113,000 patients to be treated as RDF outreach drive kicks off

The Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) Citizen Outreach Programme, formerly known as the RDF Army Week, will this year provide free medical care services to more than 113,000 patients. This was announced during a news briefing on Thursday at the RDF Headquarters by RDF officials, who also revealed that...

Friday, April 20, 2018, 12:23 AM

Jack Ma’s Africa fellowship second intake application on

Rwandan entrepreneurs whose startups are based in the technology space can be part of this year’s edition of eFounders Fellowship, a brainchild of Chinese billionaire and founder of Alibaba Group, Jack Ma. The fellowship, co-organised by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 9:54 PM

New US ambassador vows to promote open trade dialogue

Peter Vrooman, the new US Ambassador to Rwanda yesterday presented his credentials to President Paul Kagame at Village Urugwiro, after which he committed to enhance longstanding relations between the two countries. The new envoy, who takes over from Erica Barks-Ruggles whose tour of duty ended...

Friday, April 6, 2018, 8:40 PM

Billing machines slash tax payment process by 89 per cent

The use of Electronic Billing Machines (EBMs) reduced the time it takes to file Value Added Tax (VAT) returns from 45 hours down to five hours, Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) said yesterday. This means it currently takes only five hours a year to settle tax obligations for all VAT-registered...

Friday, April 6, 2018, 12:00 AM

BRD, saving coops ink deals to accelerate rural electrification

Citizens and small businesses from different parts of the country working with community Savings and Credit Cooperatives (SACCOs) will soon be able to access affordable finance to purchase solar energy equipment. This follows agreements entered between Rwanda Development Bank (BRD) and different...

Thursday, April 5, 2018, 12:16 AM

How technology is transforming Africa’s financial sector

The pace of adoption of emerging technologies across regional countries has increased in recent years consequently impacting lives of end users. For instance, Emmanuel who resides in Nyabugogo, a Kigali suburb, is able to pay for food at the market as well as moto fare via his mobile phone. This...

Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 12:38 AM

Districts awarded for unique reconciliation initiatives

THE NATIONAL Unity and Reconciliation Commission (NURC) on Wednesday evening awarded top three districts that excelled in implementing activities and programmes aimed at promoting unity and reconciliation between 2016 and 2017. Huye District emerged top with 87 per cent, Nyaruguru second with...

Thursday, March 29, 2018, 11:50 PM

The future of cloud technology in Africa and why cyber security is key

Cloud computing has been growing rapidly over the past few years, and has brought more benefits to businesses compared to the traditional technology dedicated servers. Cloud storage services like Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, and OneDrive have become popular among internet users. However, experts...

Thursday, March 29, 2018, 11:39 PM

47 Rwandan entrepreneurs for 2018 TEF programme

Agribusiness entrepreneurs and innovators dominate Rwanda’s representation to this year’s Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) Entrepreneurship Programme. Of the 47 local entrepreneurs selected to join the 4th cohort of the programme, 25 have agriculture-related ventures and innovations,...

Thursday, March 29, 2018, 11:32 PM

Top African scientists recognised at NEF meet

UP TO 17 leading African scientists were yesterday recognised for their work in advancing learning. The award event was part of the ongoing Next Einstein Forum (NEF) meeting in Kigali. “These top-rated researchers and emerging leaders have the opportunity to advance their scientific...

Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 1:29 AM

How can Africa’s innovations hit the market?

AFRICA’S innovative ideas remain in laboratories for too long, missing out on the opportunity to serve their purpose. This was observed yesterday during the opening of the Next Einstein Forum (NEF) Global Gathering, which is taking place in Kigali. The forum brings together scientists,...

Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 12:00 AM

BK Group records Rwf23.3bn in profit in 2017

BK Group registered a net profit of Rwf23.3 billion last year, an increase of 12.5 per cent compared to the previous year, officials said yesterday. The Group recorded Rwf20.8 billion profit after tax in 2016. The growth was driven by different initiatives and campaigns conducted by the Bank of...

Saturday, March 24, 2018, 12:00 AM

Rwandan youth to benefit from Mastercard job-creation initiative

Up to 30 million youth from across Africa are set to benefit from a new Mastercard Foundation initiative, Young Africa Works Strategy, which was officially unveiled in Kigali yesterday. Reeta Roy, the CEO  of Mastercard Foundation says that the launch of Mastercard Foundation’s new strategy will...

Friday, March 23, 2018, 12:00 AM

Rwanda among top spenders of Internet connectivity funds

Rwanda is among top four African countries that spend what is known as Universal Service and Access Funds (USAFs), a new study by Web Foundation, the Alliance for Affordable Internet and UN Women indicates. These are communal funds that are established by different countries, which are dedicated...

Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 12:00 AM

Why Next Einstein Forum global gathering is such a big deal

The preparations for the Next Einstein Forum (NEF) global gathering 2018 due next week at the Kigali Convention Centre are in advanced stages, according to organisers. The forum, which is a high-level science and innovation gathering for development will be taking place for the second time after...

Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 12:00 AM

African media has a duty to produce local content – AUB outgoing chief

Last week, Rwanda hosted the 11th General Assembly of the African Union of Broadcasting (AUB), which drew participants from over 40 countries to deliberate on issues surrounding the broadcasting business landscape. The meeting was graced by President Paul Kagame and the president of the...

Monday, March 19, 2018, 12:00 AM

Rethinking media business strategies in the internet age

Believe it or not, the media business landscape across the world has and continues to rapidly change, and businesses whose managers are so skeptical to new changes risk complete collapse. Yes collapsing. Managers have a critical role to play because they are at the heart of the company. They are...

Saturday, March 17, 2018, 12:00 AM

African broadcasters’ initiative to promote culture, music

A new initiative by African Union of Broadcasting (AUB), which was launched yesterday, is expected to promote music and culture across the continent. It was launched during the first day of the 11th General Assembly of the union in Kigali. Dubbed ‘Rise and Shine Africa’, the union...

Friday, March 16, 2018, 12:00 AM

How can African broadcasters reap digital dividends?

Many countries in Africa are in the process of migrating from analog to digital broadcasting. It is a process that, once achieved, could turn around the broadcasting business on the continent. As members of African Union of Broadcasting (AUB) are meeting in Kigali ahead of General Assembly, it...

Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 12:00 AM