Editorial

Attract more people into coffee growing

THE National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB) last week announced an increase in the coffee farm-gate indicative price (the minimum price payable to farmers) from Rwf142 to Rwf200 per kilogramme. The development is timely relief for sector players because some farmers had started...

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 12:00am

Let’s grab the cancer monster by the horns

A study conducted between 2007 and 2013 by Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC) indicates that 4,615 people were diagnosed with different types of cancer in the country, the most common being breast cancer which accounted for 15.8 per cent of the cases. Cervical cancer came close, with 15.6 per cent,...

Monday, March 24, 2014 - 12:00am

Farmers should take the cue from the dairy industry

Rwandophiles like to fondly describe their country as one where milk and honeys flow endlessly.  When the country introduced the One-Cow-per- Poor-Household scheme (Gir’inka), little did many realise that it would impact greatly on the country’s economy, and that it was not just a...

Monday, March 24, 2014 - 12:00am

Local practitioners better positioned to gauge state of the media

It would have come as a surprise had the usual culprits not taken advantage of the forthcoming 20th anniversary of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi to promote their own narrative. The media focus that usually accompanies the annual remembrance of the over one million victims who perished in the...

Friday, March 21, 2014 - 12:00am

Keep the Agaciro spirit alive

WHEN THE Ameki Colour chief executive, this week, observed that “there has been silence on Agaciro Development Fund (AgDF) initiative this year” and added that he hoped the Rwf26 million his company was contributing would reawaken the spirit, the message left many unanswered questions...

Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 12:00am

RDB needs to open its eyes to avert Ponzi schemes

RWANDA DEVELOPMENT BOARD (RDB) has been working in overdrive to streamline the ease of starting a business in the country.  Many of its reforms have propelled Rwanda into an elite group of countries that have favourable investment climates and safe returns. With the introduction of the online...

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 12:00am

Africa retail index a boost for Rwanda’s economy

THE INAUGURAL African retail development index has ranked Rwanda as the top destination for global retailers on the continent. The African Retail Development Index lauded the country’s strong macro-economic fundamentals and infrastructure reforms that helped improve the road network and...

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 12:00am

The gel is not a magic bullet to HIV prevention

LAST week US scientists released research findings indicating that they had developed new vaginal gel that could help protect women from contracting HIV/Aids. The development comes 33 years since human-immuno virus (HIV) was discovered, but still without a cure. Vast amounts of resources have been...

Monday, March 17, 2014 - 12:00am

Scholars have a pivotal role to play in development

Last week, experts at a two-day education forum for science, technology and innovation called for collaboration among institutions to facilitate sharing of knowledge across the continent. Convened by the Government of Rwanda and the World Bank under the theme “Accelerating Africa’s...

Sunday, March 16, 2014 - 12:00am

When will UN’s war against FDLR show results?

THE United Nations Special Envoy to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Martin Kobler, is in New York to brief the Security Council on how his mission is faring. Kobler’s visit is a frantic one; the UN mandate in DRC has only two weeks left. He therefore has to impress on the members the...

Friday, March 14, 2014 - 12:00am

Woe unto the corrupt as Ombudsman gets more powers, resources

WHEN THE 2013 Corruption Perception Index report by Transparency International ranked Rwanda among the top 50 least corrupt countries in the world, several commentators argued that policymakers should not rest on their laurels.  Rwandans welcomed the standing but called for more efforts in...

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 12:00am

Recognising top teachers will benefit learners

Government on Tuesday recognised teachers who are doing exceptional work. The 80 outstanding teachers from all the 30 districts in the country were given laptops and Internet modems as a token of appreciation for their exemplary and selfless service by Rwanda Education Board (Reb). This is a...

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 12:00am

Media can play crucial role in Umwiherero

YESTERDAY, when senior government officials met with the press to brief them on the just concluded 11th annual National Leadership Retreat (Umwiherero), an idea was mooted; that officials should meet with the media prior to holding retreats.  The reasons were put forward and are quite...

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 12:00am

Health campaigns more critical at the grassroots

TODAY the Ministry of Health is launching a three-day countrywide campaign to sensitise the population on critical health issues. The exercise will focus on malaria, malnutrition, birth control, measles, rubella and cervical cancer, among others. The drive is critical as it targets the most...

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 12:00am

Together we can unlock the full potential of Rwandan women

AS RWANDA and indeed the rest of the world marked the International Women’s Day on March 8, a new Regus report indicated that women returning from maternity leave generally brought expertise to their companies. Yet, it added, there were some firms, albeit few, in Rwanda, like elsewhere...

Monday, March 10, 2014 - 12:00am

Let’s uphold the agenda-setting power of Leadership Retreat

WHEN THE First National Leadership Retreat (Umwiherero) was held in the Akagera Game Lodge 10 years ago, it brought together senior government officials only in charting the country’s course. Ever since then, Umwiherero has moved on.  It’s now a composition that reflects the...

Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 12:00am

Genocide extradition trial: UK has no more room for excuses

THOUSANDS OF people who had a hand in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi had by 2012 been convicted in Rwanda. Some served their sentence and were out by then. Yet a UK court still said the Rwandan judicial system would not guarantee a fair trial.  Four suspects arrested in the UK in 2007;...

Friday, March 7, 2014 - 12:00am

Tax administration reforms will ease districts’ workload

FINANCIAL REPORTING has been an Achilles’ heel for most government departments, attracting the annual naming and shaming by the Auditor General.  Local governments have not been left out among agencies that have exhibited poor bookkeeping.  The decentralisation of governance bodies...

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 12:00am

Address challenges facing dairy industry

ISSUES OF poor quality control along the milk supply chain keep coming up all the time. This is a serious concern considering that milk is an essential component of the government’s drive to improve nutrition among households. The dairy sector is expected to play a major role in as far as...

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 12:00am

Planned feeder roads will help fix traffic jams in Kigali City

FOR those who work in downtown Kigali, there is noticeable change in the patterns of movement to and from work. While in the past it was easy for someone to make it to work in a few minutes because of the light congestion on the roads, the situation has since changed. Many people have to leave...

Monday, March 3, 2014 - 12:00am