Is Germany unbalanced or unhinged?

HAMBURG – For US President Donald Trump, the measure of a country’s economic strength is its current-account balance – its exports of goods and services minus its imports. This idea...

Getting fiscal stimulus and central bank independence in synch

LONDON – Until early last autumn, the global economy seemed stuck in a deflationary trap. For five years in a row, the International Monetary Fund had downgraded its medium-term growth...

[Editorial] Girinka: Civil society should help promote transparency, value for money

The government this week signed an agreement with civil society organisations under which the latter will play an active role in the implementation of the One-Cow-Per-Poor-Family programme, better known as...

Running the distance

I have often been diagnosed with incurable stubbornness, but last year, I was almost cured by the Kigali Peace Marathon. It all began when I turned thirty and resolved to...

EDITORIAL: Degazette some green spaces for human leisure

Kigali’s fabled cleanliness is accentuated by serene green spaces. Truly beautiful greens and flowers that is well kempt. Of course, anyone living in the city should be proud of this.

A long way from Comey to Watergate

President Donald J. Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey is unprecedented, as is much of what Trump has undertaken as president. Despite similarities with President Richard M. Nixon’s infamous...

How are our children?

Late in 2009, I was invited by UNESCO to attend a human rights conference in Kigali. I knew very little about this beautiful country. First, I knew that in 1994...

EDITORIAL: Transform Africa Summit opens doors for smart youth

Kigali is hosting the Transform Africa Summit once again. This time the focus is on “Smart Cities”; how does Africa confront the ever growing urban migration intelligently?

The wages of wage fear

If all else fails, try the previously unthinkable. It is not a bad principle for economic policy in the best of times. Today, it may be just what is needed:...

Moon’s South Korean ostpolitik

Moon Jae-in of the Democratic Party of Korea has just been elected South Korea’s new president. This is the second conservative-to-liberal transition of power in the country’s democratic history.

Why do some govts prefer to pit their security forces against the citizenry?

I don’t know about you but, personally, I found the cartoon that was published in this paper some time ago interesting. A family stands in the doorway of their house...

EDITORIAL: Africa must seize the moment and change the status quo

Kigali last week played host to scores of African foreign affairs ministers and envoys accredited to the African Union for yet another round of consultations on the recently adopted AU...

Can Macron pull it off?

Emmanuel Macron’s victory over Marine Le Pen was much-needed good news for anyone who favors open, liberal democratic societies over their nativist, xenophobic counterparts. But the battle against right-wing populism...

Energy, economics, and the environment

To secure a low-carbon future and begin to address the challenge of climate change, the world needs more investment in renewable energy. So how do we get there? No system...

To be courted and fall in love!.

If I wasn’t already married to a wonderful man, then I would consider marrying!.Rwanda. I have to confess that I find a country with a clear vision of what it...

EDITORIAL: EAC Secretariat should improvise with the available funding

The 2017/18 East African Community (EAC) budget will be relatively smaller compared to that for the current financial year. The decision was reached by regional ministers based on the current...

Whistling past the geopolitical graveyard

With Emmanuel Macron’s defeat of the right-wing populist Marine Le Pen in the French presidential election, the European Union and the euro have dodged a bullet. But geopolitical risks are...

Development beyond Aid

Despite the apparent tranquility of this year’s spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, there are reasons to be concerned about the global economy. The United Kingdom’s...

Rwanda’s model of democracy

Few would disagree that Rwanda’s progress in the post genocide period is credited to its unconventional approach to statecraft. That there was a heavy dose of trial and error especially...

Have you ever had a canopy walk?

A couple of weeks ago, I had an opportunity to visit canopy walk, also known as ‘treetop walk’ or ‘sky walk’, in Nyungwe National Park, one of the national parks...

[EDITORIAL] Tourism: Increase in revenue sharing will spur development

The Rwanda Development Board on Saturday announced an increase in the tourism revenue sharing rate for communities living around national parks from 5% to 10%.

Rwanda can now claim a place in the wildlife big league

Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge just proved why long distance running should be renamed the Kenyan league with a terrific run that almost reduced the marathon time to under 2 hours! This...

BK's 50th anniversary vote of confidence in economy

Rwanda’s largest commercial lender, Bank of Kigali celebrated 50 years since its incorporation at a colorful event that was graced by President Paul Kagame, Friday night, at the Convention centre;...

EU elections observers and Rwanda's presidential polls

And Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children.’ Luke 23:28. The European Union has announced that...