Opinions

Upgrading international devt

PARIS – These are hard times for international cooperation. With rising protectionism, burgeoning trade disputes, and a troubling lack of concern for shared interests like climate change, the world seems to be turning its back on multilateralism. And yet cooperation remains one of our best...

Friday, August 17, 2018 - 11:24pm

A better world is here

SKANDERBORG, DENMARK – It’s very easy to form the view that the modern world is coming apart. We are constantly confronted with an onslaught of negativity: frightening headlines, alarming research findings, and miserable statistics. There are indeed many things on the planet that we...

Friday, August 17, 2018 - 12:25am

Why strengthening land rights strengthens development

WASHINGTON, DC – For most of the world’s poor and vulnerable people, secure property rights, including land tenure, are a rarely accessible luxury. Unless this changes, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be impossible to achieve. Land tenure determines who can use land, for...

Friday, August 17, 2018 - 12:24am

Rwanda: From Zombie-land to Bag-o-thousand-tricks-land

At the base of Rwanda’s border ‘horn’ that projects into D.R. Congo’s eastern border convergence with Uganda’s south-western border, at the foot of Mt Muhabura, there snuggles umudugudu (a village) that goes by the imposing name of Amajambere. That name has a long...

Friday, August 17, 2018 - 12:02am

Editorial: Sub-standard schools should not be given breathing space

The Government has suspended 57 schools for not meeting set standards. Some of the schools did not meet the minimum hygienic standards, especially in the kitchen and toilets. Others were not suitable for students with special needs such as rumps for wheelchairs or had no form of lighting. That...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 11:59pm

The impact of Rwanda’s deal with Arsenal is already being felt

With the summer heatwave seemingly over, the day dawned like any other British day, clouds heavy with rain and Arsenal fans excited for the first match of the Premier League season. I was excited for an entirely different reason, a very proud reason. As Arsenal’s first ever sleeve partner, my...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 12:18pm

Protectionism for Liberals

LONDON – Liberal revulsion at US President Donald Trump’s mendacious and uncouth politics has spilled over into a rigid defense of market-led globalization. To the liberal, free trade in goods and services and free movement of capital and labor are integrally linked to liberal politics...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 1:43am

The Turkish emerging market timebomb

LONDON – Turkey’s falling currency and deteriorating financial conditions lend credence, at least for some people, to the notion that “a crisis is a terrible thing to waste.” I suspect that many Western policymakers, in particular, are not entirely unhappy about Turkey...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 1:42am

The Zero-Sum Economy

Across the global economy, the potential for automation seems huge. Adidas’ “Speedfactory” in Bavaria will employ 160 workers to produce 500,000 pairs of shoes each year, a productivity rate over five times higher than in typical factories today. The British Retail Consortium...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 12:18am

Embezzlers of Saccos should be shown no mercy

Some years ago, the American financial sector was in serious trouble and it took the government’s bail out of most banks to avoid a complete financial meltdown. Banks had been dishing out mortgages carelessly left, right and centre, without the certainty that their clients were able to pay....

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 9:17pm

I do not represent strangers, I represent Rwandans

‘We may not all get jobs in Rwanda, but should a person not get a job, they should be confident that it is not because they come from a particular family, region or tribe.” This was the message from Antoine Mugesera at a recent launch of his new book titled, Rwanda 1959-1962, la...

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 4:21pm

Realising globalisation’s innovative potential

WASHINGTON, DC – Globalization has come under fire in recent years, with people in some countries becoming increasingly frustrated with the uneven distribution of its gains. But weaknesses in management or execution should not be allowed to obscure globalization’s far-reaching potential...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 11:53pm

Kibeho needs an extreme makeover as a tourist destination

Today is Assumption Day, a day widely believed by the Catholic Church when Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, ascended to Heaven. It is not easy discussing or dispelling religious beliefs, it is dangerous territory and one has to tread carefully. The issue of the apparition of the Virgin Mary in...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 10:03pm

Rwanda finds sporting niche in cycling

Samuel Mugisha, a twenty-year old Rwandan won the Tour du Rwanda cycling championship that ended on Sunday. He follows a growing list of Rwandan winners of the event going back to 2014. The other winners are Joseph Areruya, Adrien Niyonshuti, Valens Ndayisenga and Jean Bosco Nsengimana. In a way...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 2:09am

Europe’s google fines cross the line

PARIS – The European Union’s regulatory bodies seem to be particularly hostile to Google. In June 2017, the European Commission fined the company €2.42 billion ($2.75 billion) for breaching EU antitrust rules, after concluding that, “Google has abused its market dominance as...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 12:57am

Twilight of the Euro?

MUNICH – In May 1998, irrevocable conversion rates for the currencies that would be merged into the euro were implemented. In a sense, this makes the single currency just over 20 years old. The first decade of its life had the feeling of a party, particularly in Southern Europe; but the...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 12:48am

MP candidates should make promises they will keep

This has been a year of elections on the African continent, Rwanda inclusive. With most having taken place under a climate of violence and drama, Rwanda is not worried of travelling down that route. The difference is that Rwanda’s politics are not of the confrontational type that has been...

Monday, August 13, 2018 - 9:45pm

Editorial: Let the electoral contest begin!

Another political season is upon us. As many as 521 candidates hit the campaign trail today to vie for the 80 seats in the Lower House. All of the 11 political organisations operational in the country will be taking part in the forthcoming parliamentary polls, with seven of them joining a...

Monday, August 13, 2018 - 1:41pm

Why the Bank of England should target growth

OXFORD – The Bank of England raised interest rates to 0.75% this month, in the belief that inflation will exceed its mandated 2% target in about two years. But raising interest rates tends to dampen economic activity, and growth is hardly rampaging in the United Kingdom. Should the BoE...

Monday, August 13, 2018 - 2:08am

Is ethnic cleansing coming to India?

NEW DELHI – Seventy-one years after the partition of India, and 47 years after the former East Pakistan became Bangladesh, one of the legacies of the messy division of the subcontinent has returned to haunt the country. The current crisis over the publication of a National Register of...

Monday, August 13, 2018 - 2:05am