MTN launches portable renewable energy system


MTN, one of the leading mobile telecom operators, has launched a portable solar energy system dubbed “Comeka ReadySet” as part of its efforts to improve energy and telecommunications access for...

Standards watchdog cracks whip on fake cable dealers


The Rwanda Bureau of Standard (RBS) has started a crackdown on dealers in sub-standards electrical wires in Kigali. The standards watchdog, which swung into action on Monday, has so far...

Why local businesses should tap into the social media, online marketing


When a firm wants to promote its products or services, the first medium that comes to the mind of the owner is placing a newspaper or radio advert. Few use...

New procurement law will bridge existing gaps – RPPA boss


Augustus Seminega is the Rwanda Public Procurement Authority (RPPA) director general. He talked to Ben Gasore about a number of issues concerning the procurement sector in Rwanda and the region

Lack of law, poor infrastructure hinder electronic procurement

The lack of a specific electronic procurement law is delaying efforts to introduce e-tendering, which could go a long way in curbing corruption in the sector.

Regional oil meet calls for proper revenue management

There is a need for proper management of oil revenues as the East African region prepares to join the world’s oil and gas producers.

Transporter lauds government for promoting business


Government support and strategy that promotes a favourable business environment has boosted enterprise growth in Rwanda, a major international transport firm said.

Apple gets tough on suppliers over underage workers, discrimination


Apple Inc stepped up audits of working conditions at major suppliers last year, discovering multiple cases of underage workers, discrimination and wage problems.

Musanze woman wins first Airtel Birahebuje promo cow


A farmer, from Musanze in the Northern Province, Laurentine Nyirakuberwa, has won an exotic cow during the first Airtel  Rwanda campaign dubbed, Birahebuje draw in Kigali.

RwandAir could be privatised in 2015 as Umubano deal drags on


Rwandair could be privatised in 2015, when it is expected to have become profitable.The national carrier is one of the high profile companies on the Rwanda Development Board’s (RDB) list...

Kenya firm Fanisi, SOPHAR partner in a $2m deal

Fanisi, a Kenyan pharmaceutical company and local pharmaceutical firm, SOPHAR, have formed a joint equity funding partnership worth $2m (about Rwf1.3b).

Davos 2013: Business leaders ‘see no growth’

More than half of chief executives (CEOs) in a new survey have predicted the global economy will continue on its current path of minimal growth in 2013.

Coffee export earnings drop despite increase in volumes


Rwanda’s coffee export revenue dropped to $60.9m (about Rwf38.4b) last year from $73m the previous year. Experts attributed the drop to a decline in international coffee prices. However, the volumes...

World jobless numbers rise, says UN labour agency

The number of jobless people around the world rose by four million in 2012 to 197 million and is expected to grow further, the UN labour agency warns.

Kenya elections: Traders worried about cargo safety


As the Kenya general elections draw closer, Rwandan traders are worried about the security and safety of their cargo during and in the aftermath the March polls.

Rwanda turns to medical tourism, eyes regional dominance


As efforts to boost the budding tourism sector that registered high foreign exchange receipts last year gather momentum, Rwanda is looking at medical tourism, mainly in the region, as another...

Gakinjiro: Kigali’s furniture hub


A few years ago, it was a little known geographical location in Kigali city, but today, it attracts a huge number of furniture buyers and other clients from all city...

Microfinance institutions urged to embrace IT

Microfinance institutions should embrace the use of information technologies (IT) if they want to be helped by the central bank to monitor and manage their financial operations.

Gas extraction won’t affect Lake Kivu, experts

The extraction of the methane gas from the bed of Lake Kivu is not likely to affect the eco-system of the lake and the surrounding areas as had been feared...

US Federal Reserve ‘underestimated financial crisis’


THE US Federal Reserve may have underestimated the looming 2007 global financial crisis; released transcripts from its meetings that year have shown.

Central bank moves to fight fraud in payment system


THE NATIONAL Bank of Rwanda (NBR) will introduce a new system to ease cheque  payments and fight forgery.

Laziness, low motivation dog hospitality sector – new survey


Laziness and low motivation among hospitality sector staff are impeding the growth of the services sector, a new study has indicated.

Rwanda is ninth fastest growing economy globally


Rwanda will be one of the top 10 fastest-growing economies in the world this year even as it braves challenges presented by aid cuts.

World Bank cuts growth forecast for the global economy

The World Bank has cut its 2013 global growth outlook, blaming a slower-than-expected recovery in developed nations.