Nile Cooperation: Gateway to regional integration

The second half of 2015 brought with it a surge in natural disasters for the Nile Basin countries. In Egypt, a heat-wave with temperatures soaring to 50 degrees Celsius reportedly...

FIFA elections: Will CAF endorsement of Salman pay off?

Recently I published an opinion in this column expressing my anxiety ahead of the CAF decision to endorse their preferred candidate for FIFA presidency. On the same day, the CAF...

EDITORIAL: Protect cooperatives from corrupt leaders

Farmers' cooperatives in Kirehe and Kayonza districts are counting losses after their leaders fled after allegedly embezzling funds.

Boutros Boutros-Ghali: Gone with a guilty conscience?

As a primary school novice in the mid-90s, you had to know the name Boutros Boutros-Ghali to pass one common question in Social Studies, although among the easiest, especially for...

The fundamental Acts of Prayer

David Hummel, a biblical scholar said: “The need itself is not the call.” Antoinnette Kanyabutembo saw the need to unify Rwandans and called them to do just that through prayers.

EDITORIAL: Hate speech in Burundi should be condemned

“The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly - it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them...

Renewable Energy and Middle East Economic Renewal

The global oil-price bust has devastated economies across the Middle East and North Africa. Having seen severe price declines in the past, many leaders in the region may be tempted...

Rethinking college degrees and workplace performance appraisal

There has been a concerned murmur reported in the media about “unmarketable” university degrees by some students, worried that they will not get jobs with the courses they have been...

EDITORIAL: Farmers need to be made aware of available opportunities

Many farmers of late have been complaining of not fully earning their fair share of their endeavours. Last week, it was dairy farmers who decried the inefficiencies of milk collection...

Even in the digital era, the newspaper remains critical

A friend had just rung me very early in the morning that there was some good news in The New Times. To be in the know, I hurriedly headed to...

Cultivating Africa's economic fortunes on the family farm

This week I joined more than a dozen of the world’s sharpest minds on African agriculture in an unprecedented effort to devote an entire issue of the influential magazine Foreign...

EDITORIAL: Recognise best performing schools

Results for the A’ Level national exams were released yesterday but with not much difference compared to last year. Both years registered a pass rate of 89% but this year...

China's thirst threat

HONG KONG – When identifying threats to Himalayan ecosystems, China stands out. For years, the People’s Republic has been engaged in frenzied damming of rivers and unbridled exploitation of mineral...

Rwanda's digital governance is taking shape

Eighteen months ago, Rwanda Development Board (RDB), acting on behalf of the Rwandan government, entered into a Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) contractual agreement with a local company, Ngali Holdings.

Rwanda fast becoming top business destination

The 2016 World Economic Forum (WEF) will be hosted in Kigali in May this year. This is not a small declaration by any means, yet it is a declaration that...

EDITORIAL: Removal of informal taxation at Rwanda-DRC border will boost trade

The Congolese government has decided to reinstate the 24-hour operations of the Goma-Rubavu border posts. The move has been welcomed by residents of both sides of the border who look...

What beats corruption?

LONDON – Corruption is a global scourge, sometimes becoming so deeply ingrained in countries that combating it seems impossible. In January, Transparency International released its annual Corruption Perceptions Index, noting...

Ideas from an eclectic mind; A new chapter in politics

This past week was dominated by election talk. The predictably calm Rwandan local leaders’ elections kicked off the carnival of sorts before casting yours truly a confessed news junkie, onto...

Context-sensitive indicators of good urban design

Urban design, as the process of designing and shaping cities, towns and villages, deals with a scale higher than the architectural design in the sense that it deals with a...

EDITORIAL: Quality produce will open doors for local suppliers

Local farmers and small businesses in the agricultural sector often find it difficult to supply produce to major corporations and regional retailers operating in the country.

The china delusion

NEW YORK – China’s management of its exchange-rate peg continues to rattle global financial markets. Ongoing uncertainty about renminbi devaluation is fueling fears that deflationary forces will sweep through emerging...

Stop playing politics; Burundians' lives matter

I must confess I have failed to understand how international diplomacy works, especially when it comes to our region. The current situation in Burundi has compounded my confusion.

Does Egypt have monopoly over Nile waters?

A couple of days ago, Egypt pulled out of the grand East African regional power pool known as the Eastern Africa Power Pool (EAPP) due to the concerns over the...

EDITORIAL: Challenges to local hotels is keeping high standards

Hotels and lodges in the country have raised concerns with the entrance of a new competitor, AirBnB, an online platform where individuals can rent out rooms for travellers.