AU reforms should consider a sovereign monetary policy

The African Union has embarked on reforms aiming at enhancing the institution’s efficiency and effectiveness, in order to adequately respond to the emerging global challenges while preserving the Pan-African ideals...

Editorial: Districts should be ready to respond rapidly to disasters

In the last two weeks, several hurricanes have been whipping the eastern shores of the United States and Caribbean islands. It is a cycle of disasters that they have grown...

Counting what counts in development

NEW YORK – To most people, “development” is best measured by the quantity of change – like gains in average income, life expectancy, or years spent in school. The Human...

Private pension sector key to Rwanda’s economic growth

Rwanda continues to post impressive economic growth figures as it makes strides towards Vision 2020. However, it is not lost to many economic analysts that the growth rates have not...

EDITORIAL: Protecting the environment is protecting the future

Rwanda Environmental Management Authority (REMA) has begun another round of enforcing its mandate of protecting the environment by shutting down several businesses located in marshlands. Environmental protection has been one...

A global education ecosystem

This month, heads of state and senior officials from all 193 United Nations member states are gathering in New York City to try to make progress on some of the...

Data-driven gender equality

A key agenda item at this year’s annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, under way this week, will be to assess global progress on the Sustainable Development Goals...

Who will rescue the Rohingyas and other threatened communities?

What’s wrong with Myanmar, the country that we used to know and respect as Burma? We remember, don’t we, Burma as the name that had been branded on our brains...

Editorial: Urgent solutions needed for former slum dwellers

A new real estate development initiative intends to kill two birds with one stone; redevelop a slum into a high-end residential area and relocate residents to a more spacious and...

Tackling migration at the source

For citizens of poor countries, migration often is a highly appealing option. The journey to a new country is often perilous, but it promises far greater economic opportunity: average per...

Deconstructing deglobalisation

US President Donald Trump and his advisers’ fierce rhetoric on trade and immigration has led some to wonder if our current era of globalization is now at risk. If it...

The paradox of blue and white-collar jobs

Today I narrate the life-journey of two citizens; a construction worker and a banker. On the one hand is a blue-collar worker in a field that is otherwise reserved for...

Editorial: Enhance capacity building in the dairy sector

Supermarkets around Kigali no longer stock locally-made dairy products after Rwanda Standards Board (RSB) banned sall of dairy products without a standards mark.

Rwanda's young cabinet of technocrats

A few weeks ago this town was pregnant with expectations. Just like any experiences of being expectant, Kigali was jittery. Speculations were about in the media and in WhatsApp groups...

Editorial: Teenage pregnancy: Parents are not doing enough

The National Women’s Council has set a new target to intensify the fight against unwanted pregnancies among teenage girls.

Combating spread of pornographic materials is a compelling desire

Most recently, the Ugandan government nominated a nine-member pornographic control committee with the mandate to prevent use or spread of pornographic materials and information.

Killing killer mosquitoes

SINGAPORE – Mosquitoes may be tiny, but they have a powerful bite. They spread a number of diseases – such as chikungunya, dengue, malaria, yellow fever, West Nile fever, and...

Domestic and regional tourism is a diamond in the rough

Following events around the region can sometimes sink your heart and consequently make the writing of this column a painful exercise. We all know how bad news always makes the...

Trump’s megaphone vs. North Korea’s gunboat diplomacy

US President Donald Trump’s ongoing altercation with North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un is, in an international communication context, 'a normal conversation' between two countries; in fact, it is a contest between...

Innovating postal services in the digital age

Rwanda’s national postal service – Iposita – will be marking 95 years this month since opening its doors in September 1922 in Kigali.

Ending the torture trade

BUENOS AIRES/BRUSSELS/ULAN BATOR – Shock belts, spiked batons, and electrified thumbscrews can serve no other purpose than to inflict pain on people. But despite the fact that torture is prohibited...

Central bankers' shifting goalposts

BRUSSELS – The theme of this year’s meeting of the world’s central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, had little to do with monetary policy. “Fostering a Dynamic Global Economy” is,...

[Editorial] Help small exporters sustain and grow businesses

The 10th report of the World Bank Rwanda Economic Update, released this week in Kigali, shows that the local exporting sector is increasingly characterised by a high entry and exit...

Pension reforms in Rwanda

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The structural reforms in the Rwandan pensions sector reached its peak on July 19, 2016 with the gazetting of Regulation No. 04/2016 on the registration of voluntary pension schemes and...