Good times at last?

LONDON – In February 2017, I wrote an optimistic commentary called “The Global Economy’s Surprising Resilience.” The piece came as a surprise to those who saw only bleak prospects for...

We should broaden our understanding of success in school

It is that time of the year that my media colleagues often refer to as the silly season. This is the time that examination bodies in our countries announce the...

Cars alone won’t drive out insurance losses

An actor in Rwanda’s insurance sector once told me that prayer is an important aspect of their business; I didn’t quite understand until they explained. "We pray for our clients...

Editorial: The drugs menace should be met head on

Once in a while, the police ceremoniously carry out operations to destroy impounded drugs and illicit liquors. Most of the items are usually smuggled from neighbouring countries and despite the...

SDGs: The New Year resolution for Africa

While the year 2018 is still new and fresh, it is not a bad moment to reflect on our resolutions, big or small, and revise our potential and commitment towards...

[Editorial] The Quran should not have been a subject of auction

A 14-tonne consignment of the Quran appeared among a list of items to be auctioned by the Rwanda Revenue Authority.

Investing in the Stock Market

Late last year, there was a very interesting development regarding one of the quoted companies at the Rwanda Stock Exchange which many investors may have missed to appreciate.

Editorial: AU financing: Africa can’t afford to dilly-dally

A meeting opens tomorrow in Kigali to review the progress of the implementation of the self-financing mechanism for the African Union (AU).

Ready or not for the next recession?

Policymakers normally respond to recessions by cutting interest rates, reducing taxes, and boosting transfers to the unemployed and other casualties of the downturn.

Prisoners of pain

Whereas the quantity of available opioids in the United States is more than three times what patients in need of palliative care require, in India, the supply is just 4%...

Irish potatoes traders, growers and consumers can all smile

People are used to formal classification of utilities, such as electricity, water, telecommunications, petroleum products, transport and drugs, among others. For many Rwandans, especially in the cities, Irish potatoes, bananas...

EDITORIAL: Consumers of insurance services should also have a say

A dangerous precedence is unfolding in the hallways and boardrooms of local insurance firms. They have ganged up to create a cartel that unanimously and unilaterally doubled premiums for motor...

Prof Calestous Juma left indelible footprints in the COMESA region

Once in a while, humankind gets blessed with prodigious talents to light the world and dispel darkness. Civilizations and breakthroughs in human history have arisen from such gifted people.

Editorial: Education reforms are taking shape

Last year’s national O-Level and Primary Leaving Examinations were released yesterday indicating a general improvement in performance.

Making journalism great again

OXFORD – In the debate over the future of journalism, “fake news” has taken center stage, with storylines featuring a ranting American president, Russian communication “bots,” and betrayal and subterfuge...

In defense of economic populism

Populists’ aversion to institutional restraints extends to the economy, where they oppose obstacles placed in their way by autonomous regulatory agencies, independent central banks, and global trade rules.

Social media making street protests a thing of the past

Technology is by its very nature revolutionary. It is very disruptive and has a way of making things obsolete and replacing them with others, both in material terms as well...

Editorial: Burera garment factory dispute needs speedy resolving

Hopes had begun running high in Burera District when a Japanese investor, Noguchi Holdings, inked a joint partnership deal with the district to set up a lucrative garment factory that...

Who will inherit the clarity of purpose?

Over the past decade or so gender and youth empowerment have been some of our society’s main preoccupations. And rightly so given the historical marginalisation of women and the shifting...

Forensic science: Closing the gap between facts and fiction

The credibility of any criminal justice system lies in the fairness of court ruling rendered. Unfortunately, sometimes we see criminals getting away unpunished while in other instances, the innocent are...

[Editorial] Fix quality issues to boost horticulture exports

The National Agricultural Export Board (NAEB) has embarked on a countrywide exercise to register horticulture exporters as it moves to strengthen collaboration with sector players to ensure quality and boost...

Editorial: The iconic "1930" prison will be saved after all

There had been fears that when the prison nicknamed “1930” started to relocate its inmates to the new Mageragera facility, the old edifice could be demolished to give way to...

Knee-jerk reactions will not make our roads safer

At the beginning of the festive season, I did write something urging those on the road to be cautious so as not to leave people in tears after fatal accidents....

In 2018, go buy a village, town will find you!

It is a new year and buying your first plot of land or house is high on your list of 2018 resolutions; you couldn’t have chosen a worse time to...