Opinions

Questions for you and your business

Welcome to my weekly column on questions for you and your business. Every week I will give you a question that you need to ask about your business. The idea of these questions is to make you re-look at your business. The business world keeps changing, what worked two years back does not necessarily...

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 10:10am

There are lessons to pick from high profile visits

No sooner had the plane carrying Chinese President Xi Jinping taken to the skies than the Indian Prime Minister’s was landing. Just like Jinping, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is accompanied by a very large delegation and immediately set about signing many cooperation agreements. Despite the...

Monday, July 23, 2018 - 10:36pm

Vaccinating against an HIV rebound

BRIGHTON – When I began my career as an HIV activist in Botswana two decades ago, the thought of a vaccine seemed fanciful. Even after the country hosted vaccine trials in the mid-2000s, many of us on the frontlines of the fight against HIV doubted that such a breakthrough would ever happen...

Monday, July 23, 2018 - 9:12pm

Time to untie the ECB’s hands

ZURICH – The European Central Bank’s recent announcement that it will try to end asset purchases by this December means that it has confidence in its ability to achieve price stability. But those who decided that price stability should be the ECB’s single, overriding policy goal...

Monday, July 23, 2018 - 9:04pm

WB is eliminating the term ‘developing countries’ from its vocabulary

Change is often inevitable in society as it reflects the fact of life. It also applies in the perception regarding certain things that are worth changing. For example, scientists hold evolution to be a central unifying principle of biology, with sufficient evidence that evolution is a scientific...

Monday, July 23, 2018 - 2:08am

Editorial: Rwandans should make the most of ties with China

President Xi Jinping of China is in Rwanda for a two-day state visit having arrived in the Land of a Thousand Hills on Sunday evening. Xi is the first Chinese president to visit Rwanda. But the highlight of the visit is the number of agreements the two countries are expected to seal, which...

Monday, July 23, 2018 - 1:53am

How property developers in Rwanda can join the fight against crime

As I am currently in Rwanda at the time of writing (until Tuesday, July 24, 2018), and I pass through the streets of Kigali, it strikes me every time I return to the land of a thousand hills that the rate of infrastructure development is nothing short of phenomenal. In and around the banking...

Monday, July 23, 2018 - 1:39am

Editorial: The world is opening up and Africa needs to catch up

The world is truly becoming a global village as more barriers are lifted, new alliances formed and old ones refurbished. Rwanda has been championing the African Free Trade Area with a lot of zeal. It began by throwing its doors wide open first for all African nationals but later extended it...

Sunday, July 22, 2018 - 12:30am

The air-race is on but the smart ones are mining the miners

The best news that we have been treated to in recent days is not how ‘African’ the French win of the World cup but the thawing of relations between Ethiopian and Eritrea. Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister is currently hogging all the good headline sections in the press that were...

Sunday, July 22, 2018 - 12:26am

Italy’s turn against Europe

BOLOGNA – It has been less than two months since the populist Five Star Movement (M5S) and the right-wing League party formed a new Italian government, so it is too early to tell how the coalition will translate its campaign rhetoric into concrete policies. In fact, the coalition’s...

Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 12:54am

Reflections on President Xi Jinping’s book on ‘Up and Out of Poverty’

In his 29 - article book, the author outlines “the hows” of transforming a poverty stricken (Ningde Prefecture) into a prosperous region through change of mindset, economic development and management, and leadership. Having read the book, we are of the feeling that there are a lot of...

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 8:07pm

Chinese investment has boosted Africa’s sustainable development

Statistics provide strong evidence that it’s groundless to say China is “pillaging” Africa and increasing debt burden in the region, according to Liu Qinghai, a Chinese expert who has been engaged in the research on China’s investment to Africa and African economy for many...

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 8:02pm

Chinese leader’s visit sure indication of ever-growing ties

Rwanda-China relationships will enter a new era tomorrow with the first ever visit to Rwanda by a Chinese Head of State.  For the last couple of decades China has taken an ever visible presence on the continent in an arena that was either dominated by former colonial masters or protagonists...

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 6:12pm

Chinese investment boosts Africa’s sustainable development

Statistics provide strong evidence that it’s groundless to say China is “pillaging” Africa and increasing debt burden in the region, according to Liu Qinghai, a Chinese expert who has been engaged in the research on China’s investment to Africa and African economy for many...

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 10:42am

Editorial: Pensioners should not suffer because of bad laws

There seems to be no light at the end of pensioners’ tunnel; no sooner do they jump one hurdle then another is thrown their way. Close to two decades ago, Rwanda went into an agreement with Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo to harmonise their pension payments, especially for...

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 12:25am

How about a ‘Common Wealth of the Great East African Axis’ for an idea?

As has been said by many, every African celebrated the way peace between Ethiopia and Eritrea broke out without much fanfare. This region sorely needed such an example for a lesson. It has since emerged that there may have been some secret, but positive, wheeling and dealing involving many parties...

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 12:24am

Rewriting Europe’s narrative

MADRID – When the European Economic Community, the predecessor of the European Union, was established by the 1957 Treaty of Rome, the narrative that defined it was that economic integration would encourage growth, strengthen democracy, and bury the ghosts of Europe’s violent past. In...

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 12:12am

China-Africa cooperation is mutually beneficial

The cooperation between Africa and China is a great success in international cooperation. As the traditional friendship between China and Africa becomes stronger and stronger, there is all indication that China-Africa cooperation shall be more forward-looking. This cooperation is widely regarded...

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 12:10am

China-Africa cooperation is mutually beneficial

The cooperation between Africa and China is a great success in international cooperation. As the traditional friendship between China and Africa becomes stronger and stronger, there is all indication that China-Africa cooperation shall be more forward-looking. This cooperation is widely regarded...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 3:49pm

Countering the unemployment menace among Africa’s youth

Young people form the largest part of Africa’s slightly over a billion people. This population can be viewed as a demographic dividend to the continent. However, African young persons face one of the greatest challenges of all time, unemployment. It is cited quite often that the continent...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 12:00am