Germany’s misunderstood trade surplus

BERLIN – Now that Germany’s current-account surplus has reached a record €270 billion ($285 billion), or close to 8.7% of GDP, the ongoing debate about its economic model has intensified....

EDITORIAL: Gender parity should be everyone’s goal

As Rwanda joins the rest of the world to mark the International Women’s Day today, we are challenged to strengthen our resolve to ensure gender parity in our communities. This...

Everyday ambassadors for Rwanda

Over the past several years, a lot of effort has been put into attracting tourists to Rwanda with results including the recent recognition at the New York Times Travel Show...

America's bad border tax

NEW YORK – The United States may be about to implement a border adjustment tax. The Republican Party, now in control of the legislative and executive branches, views a BAT...

Checks and balances before roads and bridges

WASHINGTON, DC – In the 2016 American presidential election, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump agreed that the US economy is suffering from dilapidated infrastructure, and both called for greater investment...

[Editorial] Improved technology in agriculture is the answer to land pressure

Members of Parliament have raised the red flag over the increasing pressure on much of the country’s arable land. They have called on authorities to move fast and address the...

[Editorial] Broad-based response to cross-border crime indispensable

In today’s world, no country can ably address the ever-evolving threats that face their people without the support of likeminded partners, including other countries. Neither can individual organisations singlehandedly tackle...

Rwanda’s generation 2020: A life of sacrifice

Umwiherero has come and gone. But this one shouldn’t be confused with its previous versions. I wasn’t there. But you don’t need to have been there to know that this...

US slashing foreign aid implies ‘every man for himself’

Just last week, the US President Donald Trump pledged to cut foreign budget to overseas assistance offered through the corridors of humanitarian agencies around the world. This is essentially in...

Reformation of schools should include eradication of brutal cultures

I spent my week travelling around Rwanda from one corner to the other and not spending a night in the same place. I felt like a fugitive always checking into...

Let’s ‘buy East Africa to develop East Africa’

At Friday’s opening of Bank of Kigali’s service centre on Kigali Heights, I was honoured to meet several eminent gentlemen and a lady that loyally follow this column, the best...

EDITORIAL: Producers should improve their value chain to remain relevant on the market

Of late there has been a drive to promote value addition to the country’s products. The country exports its minerals in raw form as there are no smelters. While mining...

It would be a good idea to unify local film award festivals

It is a given that art transcends cultures, and that one of the most popular media it is consumed is the movie, which artfully tells a visual story while conveying...

EDITORIAL: Good governance is the bedrock of accelerated growth

This year’s National Leadership Retreat (Umwiherero) set a new pace; instead of the usual three-day session, it was stretched to one-day short of a week. It is obvious the agenda...

The curious case of South Africa's amnesia

After a rather brief period of euphoria following the power transition in The Gambia, we are back to familiar gloomy news. Reports coming out of South Africa are not good.

The entrepreneurship dilemma

Personally, I like big ideas and I am fascinated by big problems but what I have learned to appreciate over a period of time is that not all brilliant ideas...

The Three Trumps

NEW YORK – Never in recent history has a change of leadership attracted as much attention and speculation as Donald Trump’s rise to the US presidency. What this change signifies...

[Editorial] AIDS does not kill but its symptoms and stigma do

From early 1980s when HIV/AIDS was first reported, one of its most brittle and ravaging face has been stigma. Nearly 40 years later, societies are still afflicted by the same....

Umwiherero 2017: Galvanising a sense of urgency

Imagine that an average saloon car has been jacked up front and rear, and you are chosen to hire and lead a team tasked to successfully change all four tyres...

AU reforms: Member States must go an extra mile

Late last week, a team of experts advising on African Union reform met with President Kagame in Gabiro – where he was chairing the annual National Leadership Retreat-to discuss how...

EDITORIAL:At last, it's a crime to deny the Genocide against the Tutsi in France

It pays to be patient, especially if someone is waiting for justice to be served. For many years, France has been a haven of Genocide deniers and revisionists. It is...

EDITORIAL: We must embrace a culture of research

Good research forms a solid foundation for development. Indeed, countries with a strong research culture have registered unprecedented transformation, especially in areas of science, technology and agriculture.

The task that await the new AU chair

Moussa Faki Mahamat won the race to head the African Union Commission for the next four years. The Chadian diplomat eventually edged out Kenya’s Amina Mohamed, who was initially in...

Refugees as weapons of mass destruction

CAMBRIDGE – In the summer of 2015, former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper looked set to win his fourth consecutive election, scheduled for that October. Instead, his Conservative Party won...