Continental Free Trade Area will catalyse Africa’s economic progress – Amb. Tumukunde


African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) will strengthen and deepen fragmented African markets and benefit African producers and consumers, according to Hope Tumukunde Gasatura, Chair of the Permanent Representatives Committee...

Mutuelle subscribers to use IDs to access healthcare


Subscribers of the community based health insurance (Mutuelle de santé) across the country will from next financial year no longer be required to show their subscription cards to access medical...

In ‘The Girl Who Smiled Beads’, an astonishing memoir of childhood as a Rwandan refugee


One day my mother told me and my older sister Claire to pack a few things to go to my grandmother’s farm in Butare, a few hours south of Kigali,...

World Water Day: A call for better management of water resources


Rwanda will join the rest of the world in marking International World Water Day on the March 22. The day will be celebrated under the theme ‘Nature for Water’ on...

‘Murika’ How young Rwandans use animations to boost reading


It’s a common adage that if you want to hide something from people, put it in a book. While there have been efforts by several institutions to improve the reading...

Regional parliament seeks updates on implementation of common currency

The East African Legislative Assembly has tasked the East African Community Council of Ministers, the governing organ of the EAC, to shed light on steps taken by the bloc on...

Traffic advisory issued ahead of AU summit


Rwanda National Police has called on members of the public to adhere to the new traffic guidelines issued by the City of Kigali to facilitate traffic flow ahead of next...

Senators challenge districts on access to clean water


Lawmakers on Senatorial Standing Committee on Economic Development and Finance have urged district leaders to look at ways of ensuring universal access to potable water.

Women in climate resilient agriculture reap dividends

At least 6,000 women grouped in credit and savings groups in the districts of Nyaruguru, Gisagara, Nyanza, Karongi and Musanze saved Rwf152 million last year thanks to a Rwf3 billion...

Regional sustainable energy forum due next week


Kigali is next week set to host the Sustainable Energy Forum for East Africa 2018, a three-day international event meant to foster economic transformation of the six East African Community...

Cycling, walking key to decongesting African cities: UNEP


African countries should reorganise urban design to promote cycling and walking as efforts to decongest the continent’s cities gather steam, a UN official said on Friday

Ministry of Justice faults juvenile lawyers over confessions

The Ministry of Justice has cautioned members of Rwanda Legal Aid Forum, especially lawyers handling children cases, against neglecting their roles and forcing juvinle suspects to confess crimes.

Police train private security personnel


A total of 277 private security personnel working with Intersec Security Company (ISCO), yesterday, completed a three-month ‘Basic Guard Course’ at Police Training School (PTS) in Gishari, Rwamagana District.

Jacob Zuma to face 16 counts of corruption over arms deal

Former South African president Jacob Zuma was charged with corruption on Friday over a $2.5 billion state arms deal. Zuma, who was forced to resign by the ruling African National...

FEATURED: I&M Bank registers 12% growth, for a dividend pay-out of 40%


I&M BANK RWANDA LTD announced its audited financial results for the fiscal year ended 31 December 2017. The New Times’ JOSEPH MUDINGU had a one-on-one with the managing-director ROBIN BAIRSTOW.

Kagame to African media: Tell your continent's story


President Paul Kagame has challenged African broadcasters to be more proactive in telling African stories and undo the current status quo whereby the continent’s stories are often told by outsiders.

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.

CFTA will transform Africa – Kagame


President Paul Kagame has challenged African broadcasters to be more proactive in telling African stories and undo the cPresident Paul Kagame has said that the envisaged Continental Free Trade Area...

Inaugural cooperatives trade fair due this month


More than 150 cooperatives from across the country are set to participate in an exhibition slated for later this month in Kigali.

Fortified beans to improve nutrition in ten districts

About 200,000 smallholder farmers in 10 districts of the country are anticipating high yields this season following the planting of bio-fortified beans that are rich in iron and other nutrients.

$100m innovation fund in offing


A US$100 million (about Rwf84 billion) fund designed to support startups is set to be launched later this year, an official at Rwanda Development Board (RDB) has said.

Cross-border expos open new opportunities for local traders


The Private Sector Federation (PSF) has embarked on organising cross-border exhibitions as part of efforts to link local exporters to their foreign counterparts.

Whistleblowers Bill back for debate in regional Assembly

The East African Community Whistleblowers Bill, 2016, is among nine draft laws EAC parliament is set to discuss and finalise as it was not completed when the third Assembly wound...

$4m architecture faculty building opens at University of Rwanda


University of Rwanda on Thursday inaugurated a new building that will house the School of Architecture and Built Environment.