Laugh at Rwanda's size; joke’s on you

Rwanda’s size is often invoked in denigrative terms. Critics of the government tend to bring it up when they want to dismiss or to minimise socioeconomic progress and to avoid...

Gospel music as a tool to uproot drug abuse

Last week, I was impressed to read a story in The New Times titled “fighting drug abuse through gospel music”. It was about a gospel music campaign by Ambassadors of...

EDITORIAL: Intensify crackdown on child labour perpetrators

Police in Karongi District is holding five people for allegedly involving underage children in hard labour.

The climate-change fight returns to Paris

Photo

PARIS – Nearly two years have passed since France’s then-foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, struck his gavel and declared: “The Paris agreement for the climate is accepted.” Next week, President Emmanuel...

Using every chance to market your country and region

In 1979, Bob Marley released one of his best albums titled Survival which featured the song Africa Unite. The song is crafted along the calls by Marcus Garvey for Africans...

Kigali’s hardy showbiz entrepreneurs merit applause

There was a time in its early days when the Kigali Jazz Junction (KJJ) was too small for the venue in which it is held, Serena hotel; now in its...

Giving a face to data for gender parity

The use of data as a binding solution toward bridging the gender gap in Africa is necessary. While numerous steps have been made on bridging the gender gap in education,...

Ethnicity in the age of globalization

Ever since the time of Julius Caesar, who created the Roman Empire, through Genghis Khan, who created the Mongol Empire, which became the largest empire in history, to the British...

Editorial: A cashless society by 2024 is achievable

The Central Bank has, for the last month, been on an aggressive path to promote digital financial services with the aim of having a cashless financial system by 2024.

Green decisions incumbent upon individuals and firms

The Green Growth Week that concluded yesterday in Kigali highlighted not only Rwanda’s progress in embracing the concept, but the juxtaposing role green growth can sustainably play between enterprise and...

Umushyikirano: When citizens become accountable to themselves

Rwandans are used to defying the classic world order, that’s dominated by social injustice and exclusion, where only those in the same category come together to exchange views and participate...

The climate-change fight returns to Paris

PARIS – Nearly two years have passed since France’s then-foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, struck his gavel and declared: “The Paris agreement for the climate is accepted.” Next week, President Emmanuel...

[Editorial] Africa should commit to a speedy opening of airspace

During the African Union Summit that took place in Kigali in June 2016, one of the resolutions was to open the continent’s airspace by the end of 2017. A couple...

Nothing more golden than uniting to live and advance together

Seeing mature individuals being at peace only when they are sabre-rattling or spoiling for a fight never fails to astound. We may have accepted to swallow slurs wrought on us...

EDITORIAL: Parents are the first line of defence in a child's future

The Theme for the just-concluded Children’s Summit, “Positive Parenting: Foundation of the Rwanda we want”, is definitely food for thought. A child’s future is premised upon the domestic situation prevailing...

America's broken system

Photo

BERKELEY – The tax bill that US Republicans have doggedly pushed through Congress is not as big a deal as many are portraying it to be. It is medium-size news....

Europe's chance to lead on robotics and AI

Photo

RUSSELS – At least since Mary Shelley created Victor Frankenstein and his iconic monster in 1818, humans have had a morbid fascination with man-made beings that could threaten our existence.

Decriminalising defamation is in national interest

As has been reported in the media, parliament is currently studying the revised penal code and one of the most contentious issues is whether defamation should be decriminalised.

EDITORIAL: Time for Agaciro Fund to seek more investment opportunities

Agaciro Development Fund’s kitty is slated for a hefty shot in the arm as the government seeks to transfer all its share holdings in over 20 commercial institutions into the...

Resetting the Africa-Europe relationship

Photo

JOHANNESBURG – In October, the European Union announced a plan to invest €40 billion ($47.6 billion) in Africa, a “Marshall Plan” for the continent that would boost economic growth, create...

Refugee doctors for refugee health

Photo

TORONTO – Syrian refugees are often portrayed as an unwelcome drain on the communities to which they relocate, especially with regard to health care. But, for those escaping Syria’s civil...

Why you need to weigh up personal investment options

Whereas there are several considerations in deciding where to invest, a major factor is the objective. Your objective for investing determines where you put your hard-earned money.

Humans have destroyed the Earth, but can we reverse the trend?

During the course of human evolution and emergence of civilisation, two processes shaped our species (Homo sapiens); biological evolution and cultural evolution. Biological or organic evolution is based on the...

The limits of carbon pricing

All economists who accept the scientific reality of climate change support public policies that make polluters pay more for the costs they impose on society. But it is worth noting...