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Economy shows recovery signs, BNR

The Rwandan economy is showing signs of picking up in the second half of the year and towards recovery, the National Bank of Rwanda (BNR) has said. The optimism is partly based on the Composite Index of Economic Activity, a measure used by the Central Bank to measure the direction of economic...

Rwanda banks on processing plants to boost mining revenues

Investors in mining are working with the government to set up processing plants closer to the mines so as to fetch more income from the lucrative business. The collaboration will also see a reduction of losses caused by poor mining techniques. According to officials, Rwanda loses 50 per cent...

Friday, August 14, 2020 - 7:00am

Covid-19: Total positive cases in Rwanda hit 2,200

Rwanda on Thursday, August 13, reported 11 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the tally of positive cases to 2,200 since mid-March. According to the Ministry of Health, of the new cases, nine were detected in Kigali among contacts of positive cases. Also, one case was reported from Nyamasheke...

Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 11:37pm

Rwanda fully compliant with new global aviation standards

Rwanda is among the first countries globally to be fully compliant with International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) global standards on global biosafety framework for the safe restart of aviation, the latest report by the body has shown. Following the halting of aviation...

Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 10:32pm

Paranoia has Museveni seeing spies everywhere

Uganda’s media has been running a story about Rwandan spies. This time it is Ugandans of Rwandan origin or those with Rwandan spouses who are being labelled spies, according to a New Vision story titled “Senior Police, Army officials face death over espionage” which was...

Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 8:41pm

Legal scholars, civil society, join surrogacy court battle

Nyarugenge Intermediate Court on Thursday heard the appeal case of a family that is seeking the right to have birth by surrogacy, after a lower court – Kicukiro Primary Court – in June ruled to block the procedure. According to the judge at the lower court, surrogacy is not backed by...

Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 8:37pm

Is early access to pension benefits feasible?

Members of the Parliament on Monday tabled a proposal to provide early access to pension benefits for employees who have lost jobs as a result of various circumstances such as restructuring or layoffs among other factors. The MPs said the provision in the existing law, which stipulates that...

Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 4:05pm

Blame game as the digital system for criminal record clearance breaks down

People seeking criminal record certificates through Irembo –the online portal for government services—are currently stranded as they cannot access the service.  The process to issue the criminal record certificate—often required to secure various services such as visas,...

Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 1:04pm

Central Bank maintains repo rate at 4.5%, optimistic of economy picking up

The Central Bank has maintained the Key Repo Rate at 4.5 per cent to encourage continued lending by banks to the private sector and individuals. This followed the quarterly Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting, held on Wednesday, August 12 to review recent economic developments globally and...

Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 12:23pm

Rwandan passports to expire next year

Rwandan passports will no longer be in use effective June 28, 2021, the Directorate of Immigration and Emigration has announced. The expiration follows Rwanda’s adoption of the East African e-passport in June last year. In a statement released on Thursday, August 13, the immigration...

Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 12:15pm

If you are under 18, the law limits your access to reproductive health services. It is time to change, activists say

The law relating to Human Reproductive Health in Rwanda grants every person the right to medical services and information related to human reproductive health. However, the law limits people under 18 years of age from deciding for themselves on issues regarding reproductive health and offers no...

Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 10:01am

Leading Rwanda: Resolving conflict within teams

This is the fourth in a series of special columns on how both experienced and new leaders can build and maintain trust within their teams as the professional world slowly moves out of crisis and uncertainty towards a new normal. Even with the best team charter and agreements in the world, human...

Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 7:05am

Five highlights from Minister Biruta's press conference

The Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr. Vincent Biruta hosted a press conference on Wednesday 12th August.  He addressed various topics related to regional and global affairs that have made headlines over the last couple of months. Here are the highlights  1.   ...

Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 12:01am

Eighth person succumbs to Covid-19 in Rwanda

The Ministry of Health on Wednesday, August 12, announced the death of a 37 year-old man, becoming the eighth person to succumb to this pandemic in the country. "Condolences to family of the 37 year-old man who passed away in Kigali," reads the tweet by the Ministry. Previous Covid-...

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 11:09pm

Youth Day: Your ideas, discipline will sustain Rwanda’s gains – Youth told

The Minister of Youth and Culture, Rosemary Mbabazi has encouraged the youth to sustain the discipline and innovative ideas that have enabled Rwandans to achieve what Rwanda is today. The minister made the remarks in a virtual celebration to mark the International Youth Day that was celebrated...

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 10:14pm

US embassy donates medical supplies worth Rwf130m

The United States, through their embassy in Kigali on Wednesday, August 12, donated Rwf131 million worth of medical supplies with an aim of supporting Rwanda’s effort to fight Covid-19. Handed over by the US Ambassador Peter Vrooman, the consignment includes surgical masks,...

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 9:07pm

Umubano Hotel up for sale again

Rwanda Development Board (RDB) has officially announced the sale of Umubano Hotel, as part of the government’s plan to divest state-owned assets and companies to the private sector. The government is marketing Umubano, currently managed by Agaciro Development Fund, to investors as a luxury...

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 8:59pm

Biruta: Burundian refugees free to return home

Rwanda has no problem with the return of Burundian refugees back to their country, as alleged by officials from the neighbouring country, according to Dr. Vincent Biruta, the Foreign Affairs Minister. He said that the sentiments are rather shocking especially given the efforts made by the...

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 7:59pm

VIDEO: We are investing in the network to ensure great customer experience– MTN Rwanda CEO

MTN Rwanda, one of the largest corporates in the country is a major player in the economy. The year 2020 has created a lot of uncertainty for businesses. But for MTN Rwanda, Covid-19 brought its own set of challenges as well as opportunities. In an exclusive interview with Collins Mwai, the...

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 3:08pm

Rwanda seeks investors for Huye-based drone facility

Rwanda has begun the search for investors in its proposed drone operation centre, the Ministry of ICT and Innovation has said. The development comes as the country steps up efforts to become a regional tech hub and drive economic recovery. The multipurpose project announced early this year is...

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 3:01pm

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