Queen's gesture is welcome, but...

With Queen Elizabeth II of Britain having reportedly made a personal donation to a UK charity appeal for families facing starvation in East Africa, it adds to the international concern...

Soul searching in South Korea

SEOUL – The impeachment, and removal from office, of South Korean President Park Geun-hye on charges of corruption and abuse of power has rocked the country’s political establishment and divided...

Trump, trade, and the middle powers

ONTARIO – Donald Trump’s presidency is posing fundamental challenges to the rule-based international trading system that has buttressed global growth for decades. But while America’s protectionist maneuverings threaten a global...

[Editorial] Exploiting city wetlands must be done sustainably

The Ministry for Agriculture plans to exploit about 600 hectares of wetlands in Kigali city for vegetable growing with expectations that such farming method would significantly impact on the feeding...

Common urban problems: Why Kigali is different

The population in the City of Kigali is expected to hit 1.5 million in the not-so-distant future. Kigali is one of the most densely populated cities in Africa. In as...

More good economic policies need to be brought on board

The Ministry of Finance and the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda yesterday released growth figures for the past year. As was expected, the economy continued with its upward trend...

The National Leadership Retreat, one of a kind

And so a few days ago it was the 14th Rwandan Great Migration where, unlike in the Wildebeest Migration to our east, no lions, leopards, crocodiles, myriad other predators lay...

EDITORIAL: Giving priority to local products in public procurement will make the difference

The government has, over the past two years, stepped up campaigns to encourage Rwandans to consume locally-made products. The Made-in-Rwanda effort is one of the strategies geared at supporting local...

Clash of vision and ego at the center stage of next CAF leadership elections?

FIFA President Infantino Gianni has just toured Africa, exactly a year after his own election and meant to show how the African football is closer to his heart.

Leadership is an uphill journey

My coach likes to say that, “everything worthwhile is uphill”. Nothing could be truer than this, “being a successful leader is an uphill journey”.

The state as catalyst in doing business

The Economist recently ran two articles on Rwanda’s development that drew attention to the role of the investment firm, Crystal Ventures Ltd, in the economic life of the country.

War against the West

NEW YORK – In 1938, Aurel Kolnai, a Hungarian philosopher of Jewish origin living in exile, published his most famous book, The War Against the West, an investigation of the...

EDITORIAL: New Faces New Voices' Rugori Fund timely

The Rwandan chapter of New Faces New Voices, a Pan-African organization that advocates for women’s greater access to financing, last week announced the establishment of Rugori Fund, an all-women investment...

Women in the changing world of work

On Wednesday March 8th, 2017 Rwanda joined the global community in the celebration of the International Women’s Day (IWD). This year’s celebration of IWD in the country was held at...

Why GVTC Treaty needs ratification

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Last week, from 6-7 March, I had a chance to attend the Workshop on harmonisation of legal and policy frameworks on wildlife-related crimes, organised by the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration...

Editorial: Let’s adopt a culture of compassion and giving

Stories of hospitals stuck with patients who cannot clear medical bills have been reported in some hospitals around the country. As a result some hospitals are grappling with huge losses...

Lessons from a week on Rwandan upcountry roads

As I briefly mentioned last week in this space, I was on the road for quite a while as part of a team that was charged with amplifying the message...

Do women a favour, stop favouring them

I am not a fan of beauty pageants but as someone in the business of brand strategy, being on the lookout for fresh opportunities is a must; it is in...

French Cuisine 2017

French elections! To us on the receiving end of civilization, democracy and wisdom from self-appointed master-thinkers, it feels like poetic justice, yet one is unsure whether to laugh or cry....

Genocide survivor groups exude hope for the future

Yesterday began the AERG-GAERG Week, when young survivors of the Genocide embark on a countrywide string of social activities. Among them is to show gratitude to the few people who...

City of Kigali must firmly remain on course

When the three-month City of Kigali (CoK) notice to move businesses from residential areas was announced in January, it was to a loud outcry by concerned residents. It occasioned such...

EDITORIAL: Urgency and innovative policies are what we need, not bureaucratic templates

During the National Leadership Retreat (Umwiherero) that ended a week or so ago, one thing President Kagame told leaders in attendance was that the country could not afford the luxury...

The night-time economy: can we talk about Kigali's nightlife?

As Rwanda’s capital, Kigali is consistently recognised as one of the cleanest, most secure and orderly cities in Africa.

What's better than a border adjustment tax?

MUNICH – One of US President Donald Trump’s most significant reform proposals is aimed at the American tax system. His administration wants not only to lower the overall tax burden,...