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What will Rwandan traders export to Europe?

There’s absolutely no reason why negotiation of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the East African Community (EAC) and European Union (EU) wasn’t concluded in Nairobi on September 26, as earlier planned. But as the EAC negotiation team and senior government officials...

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 12:00am

Ifad chief calls for review of agric sector partnerships

Government should revist its approach to partnerships in the agriculture sector by including local farmers, Kanayo Nwanze, the visiting International Fund for Agricultural Development (Ifad) president has said. Nwanze was speaking yesterday during a courtesy call on the Minister for Agriculture,...

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 12:00am

Over 1200 vulnerable families to get cows

At least 1,230 vulnerable families in the Southern Province are set to receive a cow each as part of a week-long campaign that seeks to encourage beneficiaries of the One-Cow per family programme (Girinka) to pass on heifers to their needy neighbours. Dubbed Girinka Week, the programme is...

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 12:00am

Prosecutor General urges cooperation on Genocide suspects

Prosecutor General Richard Muhumuza has appealed to his counterparts around Africa to respect the duty to extradite or prosecute all suspects of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in their countries. Muhumuza was Wednesday addressing the latest annual General Assembly of the Africa Prosecutors...

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 12:00am

WHO commends Rwanda on Ebola preparedness

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has commended Rwanda on its response to the Ebola epidemic that has killed thousands and caused panic across the world. Dr Martins Ovberedjo, the WHO representative in Rwanda, said government had made good use of the available resources, both financial and human...

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 12:00am

IFAD president in Rwanda for four-day visit

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) president, Kanayo Nwanze arrived in the country last night for a four-day official visit. His trip aims to strengthening Rwanda’s cooperation with the UN agency. During his visit the IFAD president is set to meet top government officials...

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 12:00am

Terror hits Canadian capital

A gunman armed with a shotgun killed a Canadian soldier on Wednesday and was later fatally shot on the Parliament Hill, just meters away from where Prime Minister Stephen Harper was meeting with his Conservative deputies. The shooter was a man, first identified by CBS News in the United States as...

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 12:00am

Can Onatracom bounce back?

There are mixed feelings on whether Rwanda Public Transport Authority (Onatracom) can recover from the huge financial loss it suffered in recent years which has subsequently forced the firm to significantly scale down its operations. According to the 2012/13 Auditor General’s report,...

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 12:00am

Bizumuremyi: Former street child who wants to become an army officer

On a relatively cool day, Deo Bizumuremyi stands with a group of fellow students in the rural Kansi Sector of Gisagara District, Southern Province. Bizumuremyi stands out as the oldest guy among the group of about five students. At 19 years, he is not a student like others–while most of his age...

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 12:00am

ICT key to Sustainable Devt Goals - Nsengimana

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) should be at the centre of the Sustainable Development Goals, beyond 2015, the Minister for Youth and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana said. He was on Wednesday addressing the 19th International Telecommunication Union (ITU) plenipotentiary conference...

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 12:00am

Planning crucial in tackling devt challenges - experts

Planning is a crucial aspect for a country to effectively tackle its development challenges. The remarks were made during the launch of a three-day workshop organised by the Rwanda Governance Board (RGB) in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Centre for...

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 12:00am

Forum on higher education opens in Kigali today

The third East African Community (EAC) Academia-Public-Private-Sector Forum aimed at discussing ways of improving education in higher learning institutions opens today in Kigali. The Executive Secretary of the Inter-University Council of East Africa (IUCEA), Prof. Mayunga Nkunya, said more than...

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 12:00am

MPs move to have BBC transmission suspended

Lawmakers have called on government to suspend British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) transmission in the country over a recent documentary, Rwanda’s Untold Story, which MPs said is part of a grand plan to deny the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. The film, aired on October 1 on BBC 2, features a...

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 12:00am

Youth demand govt withdraws BBC licence

Thousands of youth yesterday staged a protest to demonstrate their disapproval of a British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) documentary they say is an attempt to revise the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, demanding that government cancels the public broadcaster’s operation licence in the country...

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 12:00am

East Africa 'FDI second highest rate on continent'

President Paul Kagame has urged British investors to turn their attention to East Africa, citing the sound foundation that has been built to enable economic growth. Speaking to more than 400 business leaders at the Rwanda-UK Business Forum in London, yesterday, Kagame said that the two countries...

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 12:00am

Deaf and mute girl sits PLE, wants to become an accountant

When Alice Mugwaneza started primary education at the age of seven, she was overwhelmed with joy and was optimistic about the future. But her excitement was short-lived as her teachers said they could not help her owing to her hearing loss and muteness. Mugwaneza was, therefore, compelled to sit...

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 12:00am

Premier urges military judges to uphold ethics

Prime Minister Anastase Murekezi has urged military judges and prosecutors in the country to always uphold professional ethics in their work as their job is also critical in bolstering national unity. The premier was yesterday officiating at a swearing in ceremony at his office; of new president...

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 12:00am

Rwanda is committed to a digital future - Nsengimana

Minister for Youth and ICT, Jean-Philbert Nsengimana, today reaffirmed the role of Rwanda’ technological advance in addressing key society challenges. He was addressing the 19th International Telecommunication Union (ITU) conference in Busan, South Korea, which attracted over 3,000 delegates...

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 12:00am

Rwanda welcomes new trade deal with Europe

Rwanda has welcomed the successful conclusion of negotiations of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between Europe and the East African Community (EAC) reached on October 14, 2014. Speaking during a press conference held this morning at the Ministry of East African Affairs, Emmanuel Hategeka...

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 12:00am

Money not enough to stop Ebola - Mukishikiwabo

Concerted international efforts and more effective multi-sectorial response to the Ebola outbreak, and not just funds, will help the world contain the deadly pandemic, Foreign Affairs minister Louise Mushikiwabo has said. She was speaking on Sky News in London on Tuesday days after...

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 12:00am