What the coming of VW says about Rwanda’s future

If twenty-five years ago you had said one of the world’s leading car makers would set up shop here, you would have been met with wide stares of incredulity. Some...

Editorial: Private sector should heed government call on vocational education

Over 17,000 students who passed their O-Level national exams and applied to join vocational training schools could not be admitted due to limited space. Out of 37,000 who applied, only...

Pollution is a threat to our life

Recently, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, released its report entitled “Towards a Pollution-Free Planet.”

EDITORIAL: Phasing insurance price hike is a win-win situation

Recently, insurance companies unanimously announced an increment of up to 70 per cent for mandatory motor third-party insurance premiums. The announcement drew public outcry with many describing the insurers as...

How economics survived the economic crisis

LONDON – The tenth anniversary of the start of the Great Recession was the occasion for an elegant essay by the Nobel laureate economist Paul Krugman, who noted how little...

The electoral fate of italy's banks

LONDON – As Italy approaches what promises to be one of its most contentious general elections since 1945, banks are the elephant in the room.

The SGR train will get here, but we should be ready

The media served us with cool photos and stories of Rwandan President, Paul Kagame meeting with his Tanzanian counterpart John Pombe Magufuli. I particularly loved the photo that graced The...

Time to disrupt old-style education system

In one classroom at Lycee de Kigali, 40 kids split in groups were laying final touches to their respective robot projects designed to offer solutions to boost the efficiency of...

Let’s cure what ails Africa financial markets

What will move the needle in terms of faster development of financial markets in Africa? That is the question that was top of my mind as I sat among guests...

Editorial: Time for the private sector to join the rail bandwagon

Train services in most African countries were introduced by colonial countries not necessarily to ease transport but to easily move resources, mostly minerals and badly needed agricultural goods to seaports.

Water management is health management

LONDON – With climate change accelerating and its effects exacerbating other geopolitical and development crises, the role of environmental protection in preserving and improving human wellbeing has become starkly apparent....

India's urban awakening

WASHINGTON, DC – When the United Kingdom became the first country in the world to undergo large-scale urbanization in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the process transformed its economy...

GDP should be corrected, not replaced

ZURICH – Respected economists have long pointed out that gross domestic product is an inadequate measure of economic development and social well-being, and thus should not be policymakers’ sole fixation....

[Editorial] Tour operators should spread their wings even further

Rwanda has been on a tourist wooing onslaught for some time now with many stakeholders piling up jet miles in a bid to attract many more tourists.

What the SGR means for Kigali’s ambition to become a services hub

One of the major news in the Rwanda transport sector this week has been the announcement of the scheduled start of the construction of the Standard Gauge Railway to Kigali...

EDITORIAL: Banks should begin designing financial packages for the new VW cars

A visit to any bonded warehouse will be met by rows of second-hand cars, a feature that is common with many African countries. New cars are a rarity on our...

Can Fake news be outlawed?

PARIS – How can societies combat the stream of false, often fabricated information that surges across the Internet and through social media, polluting political debates almost everywhere?

What happens when Primary Health Care is universal?

BOSTON – Two years after the death of her husband, Valeria, a 67-year-old grandmother in San José, Costa Rica, lives alone. Last year, she was diagnosed with high blood pressure...

The rural home concept; where does Rwanda fall?

The media in Kenya has lately been awash with debate on the issue of rural homes. I find the discussion not only interesting academically, but also practically empowering to a...

Promoting exports should be the country’s top priority

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was in the country this week leading a delegation of French investors. The French business delegation is the largest to visit Rwanda in a very...

Gaining financial independence

More often most people already know that they need to save to gain financial freedom but even in cases where we are able to save, we still find that gaining...

EDITORIAL: VW’s entry a turning point in the manufacturing industry

At a time when the World Bank is reviewing its Doing Business report for the last four years– amidst a lot of controversies – Rwanda’s continuous very good performance has...

8 things we learned from Amavubi’s draw against Nigeria’s Super Eagles

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When South African referee Victor Miguel Gomes blew the final whistle ending the Rwanda Vs Nigeria CHAN clash in goalless draw at the Grand Stade de Tanger on Monday, some...

Affordable housing can’t be on wish list for ever

The construction industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in Rwanda today, growing at a pace not seen before in the history of this country. It is easily noticeable...