Presidential elections: you have the power to hire, use it wisely

When regular people like you and I apply for a job, employers will look at our curriculum vitae and assess whether we possess relevant working experience or qualifications to warrant...

Restoring faith in globalisation

MUNICH – I must confess that I am a firm believer in the benefits of globalisation. To my mind, the gradual interlinking of regions, countries, and people is the most...

Trump and the rebirth of press freedom

NEW YORK – US President Donald Trump’s administration has shocked the mainstream press by bullying news outlets and unabashedly trafficking in “alternative facts” (also known as lies). But Trump’s challenge...

[Editorial] A bank in your hand is a dream milestone

MTN Mobile Money customers can now save, earn interest and access short-term loans using their mobile phones. It is only MTN for now, but it is such a dream milestone...

The most audacious hope of all

Alluding to his journey to the Presidency of the United States of America, President Barack Obama titled his bestselling autobiography, The Audacity of Hope. Spare a thought then for Philippe...

Learning from Bill Gates

Everyone – from elected officials and bureaucrats to voters and taxpayers – can learn from the world’s largest charitable foundation about effective development spending. And these lessons are particularly relevant...

EDITORIAL: Genocidaires should not be given respite

Sweden has fulfilled its international obligations by again bringing to justice another Genocide suspect who had been holed up in that country before being unmasked.

Rwanda’s forgotten pillar of development

There was a popular joke in the late nineties about Kigali’s richest man being named “Bikonje”. Apparently, a Muganda mechanic on first arriving in Kigali, noticed that every street seemed...

Setting the tone at the top

When I first came across the term “setting the tone at the top” I was completing a Master’s degree at George Washington University and studying issues relating to organisational behaviour....

Powering Africa’s future

CONAKRY – When G20 leaders meet later this year in Hamburg, investment in Africa’s future will be high on their agenda. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has already committed to using...

EDITORIAL: Address delays in execution of court decisions once and for all

For some reason the issue of non-execution or delayed execution of court decisions continues to linger years after it first became a matter of public concern.

Market Made-in-Rwanda, please

“Why do we burden our president with all manner of problems, even those we can solve ourselves?” a friend asked last week.

The European unraveling?

MADRID – After years of intensifying fragmentation and tension, the European Union may be on the verge of losing its most precious assets: peace, prosperity, freedom of movement, and values...

The promise of Middle East sovereign wealth funds

DUBAI – A decade ago, sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) were the behemoths arriving on the global financial scene. Funds like the Qatar...

[Editorial] Prioritise local capacity enhancement in mining sector

It has recently emerged that Rwanda is endowed with more natural resources than previously thought.

Unstated 'qualifications' in Rwanda's presidential elections

Readers of this column will recall a series of articles about the gold standard that future presidential aspirants should measure themselves against. In the first instalment I asked the question:...

New ICT law embodies data privacy protection

Following the advancement of the computer and development of information and communication technologies, data privacy protection has recently gained new importance in modern societies. Since 1950s and 1960s when the...

EDITORIAL: Expedite new measures to deliver affordable housing

Despite Government efforts to facilitate affordable housing, it remains a dream for many citizens. Houses on the market are still out of reach for middle and low-income earners in terms...

Africa a continent of hope

Far too often, the world views Africa through the prism of problems. When I look to Africa, I see a continent of hope, promise and vast potential.

Kiswahili is not so new, making it official is what is new

When something happens close to where you are, then you are the expert on the subject. When news filtered in that Rwandan lawmakers had added Kiswahili to the language menu,...

Where's the method in Africa's madness?

The sweet early morning sunrays full of vitamin D, conned their way through the golden curtains covering the wide doors overlooking the sprawling green gardens of the hotel; for a...

The anti-science seed treaty

In September, the United States ratified the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, known as the International Seed Treaty. Like so many international agreements crafted under...

[Editorial] Developers should use govt goodwill to build affordable housing

New guidelines aimed at streamlining and easing the availability of affordable housing will soon be gazetted.

Intellectual property in Rwanda: perceptions, awareness, behaviour

For years, Rwanda’s economic value has been linked with its tangible assets. This includes its natural resources, cash crops such as coffee and tea.