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,...

How fake news wins

WASHINGTON, DC – In response to the wave of fake news that inundated the recent presidential election campaign in the United States, much attention has been devoted to those who...

[Editorial] Ensure community ownership of early childhood devt centres

Following the adoption of the national Early Childhood Development (ECD) policy in 2011, such centres have increasingly sprung up in different parts of the country, with government, UNICEF and other...

Deepening the integration agenda

In its very ordinary and mundane sense, members of the East African Legislative Assembly swore ‘to protect and defend’ all matters pertaining to the integration of the East African Community....

Women’s rights are human rights

Women’s rights are human rights. But in these troubled times, as our world becomes more unpredictable and chaotic, the rights of women and girls are being reduced, restricted and reversed....

EDITORIAL: Turning Rwanda into a technological hub is taking shape

A Swiss cyber security firm, WISeKey, announced this week it will be opening a Blockchain and Internet of Things (IoT) centre of excellence in Rwanda. To cut things short, it...

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...