Is East African integration slowing down?

The question of the spirit and pace of East African integration was prominent at the just ended sitting of the East African Legislative Assembly in Kigali. The members were clearly...

Africa's next level of economic transformation

The G20 finance ministers met last week in Germany to discuss critical challenges facing the global economy, from climate change to migration to humanitarian emergencies like the unfolding famine in...

Rebuilding the world's forests

OXFORD – Humankind has always had a tricky relationship with forests. We depend on them to regulate the climate and rainfall, clean our air and water, sustain myriad species of...

[Editorial] Nyange students did not die in vain

At about 8p.m on March 18, 1997, insurgents from the ex-FAR/Interahamwe militia that had sneaked into Rwanda from eastern DR Congo attacked Nyange Secondary School, killing seven students in cold...

Market driven employment

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There is a saying, ‘Being at the right place at the right time!’ This is often mentioned when people who in search of an opportunity, stumble upon it due to...

Trump’s imaginary enemy

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SHANGHAI – Last month, China commemorated the 20th anniversary of the death of Deng Xiaoping, the chief architect of the economic reform and opening up that catapulted the country to...

What went wrong with Europe and America?

At college, our professor assigned us a book by a retired Dutch Diplomat. The book, titled “What Went Wrong With Africa,” was a depressing read. In it, the diplomat paints...

Editorial: Fast track construction of proposed industrial parks

The Senatorial Standing Committee on Economic Development and Finance, last week visited Sovu industrial park in Huye town to assess the status of industrial development.

Rwanda offers free lessons on life without plastic bags

As I sat to write this, East Africa was in a state of shock after news filtered in on Friday morning of the gruesome murder of Uganda’s Assistant Inspector General...

How not to market Kigali’s luxury villas

The week started off on an ugly note with the killing of two Rwandans near the Burundian border and climaxed Friday on an uglier note with the Mafioso-style murder in...

EDITORIAL: In the long run, there is more to gain from banning plastic bags

Close to ten years have passed since Rwanda banned the use of plastic bags. In fact, to kick off the ban, the President led a cleanup exercise to pick plastic...

Another strange French disaster

PARIS – The “hunger games” aspect of this French election cycle began on the left. President François Hollande was brought down by his own Socialist Party.

Editorial: Insurance sector needs constant monitoring

Bank of Kigali (BK) is the latest to enter the lucrative but crowded insurance field with the launch of BK general Insurance (BKGI).

Latin America’s barriers to growth

CARACAS – Latin America is expected to emerge from recession this year. But the region should not be overly optimistic.

Lessons from an age of progress

WASHINGTON, DC – Imagine that you are a committed internationalist during a tumultuous period in global politics, and you are now grappling with the outcome of a nail-bitingly close US...

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.