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Report shows limited access to agric loans

A new report shows that inadequate access to loans by farmers is still a big hindrance to the progress of the agriculture sector. The report was produced by Rwanda Civil Society Platform (RCSP) in partnership with the Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA). The survey, done in Nyaruguru, Gakenke,...

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 12:00am

Kagame, South Korean president discuss bilateral ties

President Paul Kagame and his South Korean counterpart Park Geun-hye yesterday held talks focusing on fostering bilateral relations between the two countries. The meeting at the South Korean leader’s residence in Seoul marked the end of Kagame’s two-day visit to the East Asian country...

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 12:00am

New World Bank method alters Rwanda's business status

Rwanda Development Board (RDB) chief executive Francis Gatare has described the World Bank 2015 Doing Business Report that alters the ranking of the country as “changing goal posts after the ball crossing the line.” But Carolyn Turk, World Bank country manager, said the new ranking...

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 12:00am

How new orthography will simplify Kinyarwanda

There are new instructions on how to write Kinyarwanda and those who write the language have started to grapple with the changes. The method, otherwise known in grammatical speak as ‘orthography’, is a representation of the sounds of a language by written or printed symbols....

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 12:00am

Why Gasabo continues to struggle in Imihigo

Gasabo District is home to several lucrative businesses. Most of the government institutions and major development projects such as the Special Economic Zone are located in the district. Residents will also be quick to remind you that this is the cradle of Rwanda, alluding to the Urwanda rwa...

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 12:00am

Bid to oust Bhanji from key EALA organ flops

Suspension of a member of the East African Legislative Assembly from Tanzanian, Shy Rose Bhanji, from the Assembly’s commission was last evening halted due to lack of quorum minutes before members could cast their votes. The Assembly had shelved the first business on the order paper to debate a...

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 12:00am

Zambian President Sata death: Guy Scott appointed interim leader

Zambian Vice-President Guy Scott has been named acting leader following the death of President Michael Sata.Presidential elections to choose a permanent successor will be held within 90 days, Defence Minister Edgar Lungu said. Mr Scott becomes Africa's first white head of state since FW de Klerk...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 12:00am

Rwanda ranked 46th worldwide in 2015 World Bank Doing Business ranking

Rwanda is ranked 46 out of 189 economies surveyed globally in the 2015 World Bank’s Doing Business rankings released today, moving up two positions. The 2015 release is the 12th edition of a series of annual reports that investigate the regulations that enhance business activity and those that...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 12:00am

Zambia's President Sata dies: local media

Zambian President Michael Sata has died in London, where he had been receiving treatment for an undisclosed illness, three private Zambian media outlets said. The reports on the private Muzi television station, and the Zambia Reports and Zambian Watchdog websites, said the southern African nation'...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 12:00am

US energy firm makes case for FDIs in Rwanda

Symbion power, one of the leading partners in US President Barrack Obama’s ‘Power Africa’ initiative that aims to double access to electricity on the continent, has said it has ‘arrived’ in Rwanda to actualise the pledge. The American energy investment firm was in...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 12:00am

Gender equality is about human dignity, says Kagame

Digital empowerment of women is a global challenge and valuable innovation is not the reserve of a particular sex, President Paul Kagame said yesterday. The President was addressing delegates at the Gender Equality Mainstreaming - Technology (Gem-Tech) award in Busan, South Korea. Kagame said the...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 12:00am

WB pledges support to local govts on municipal bonds

The World Bank, through its private sector arm, International Financing Corporation (IFC), has pledged to support local governments on the issuance of municipal bonds. The support will range from financing to capacity building and project prioritisation, according to Ignace Bacyaha, IFC’s...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 12:00am

Education sector on course to achieve EDPRSII targets

The education sector has registered considerable progress, mileage and is on course to achieve targets outlined in the second Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRSII). This is according to a joint review of the education sector report presented to the sector working group and...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 12:00am

How Rwanda is winning the fight for gender equality

Rwanda is Africa’s best-performer in efforts to close the gender gap and seventh out of 142 countries on the global index, a new report shows. The World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Gender Gap report 2014, released Monday, looked at how nations distribute political participation,...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 12:00am

All smiles as Genocide orphans move into One Dollar Campaign complex

The One Dollar Campaign complex which was constructed to shelter homeless Genocide orphans was officially inaugurated yesterday. Located in Kinyinya, Gasabo District, the Rwf1.7 billion hostel is home to 192 vulnerable orphans of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi – 96 girls and 96 boys aged...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 12:00am

Over 130,000 candidates start O, A level exams today

A total of 134, 347 candidates today start their national examinations at both ordinary and advanced levels of secondary education. Significantly, the number of students sitting ordinary level exams shot up almost threefold to 88,111, from 31,101 last year. This, officials from Rwanda...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 12:00am

Govt seeks lasting solution to financial mismanagement

Government is considering all possible measures to ensure proper accountability of public finances, Finance minister Claver Gatete said yesterday. Gatete was appearing before the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to explain financial irregularities in public entities, as revealed by...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 12:00am

Rwandan investors for Turkey business mission

AT LEAST 20 Rwandan businesses from the country’s agro-processing, agriculture and food processing industry, will mid next month head to Turkey for the Turkey-World Trade Bridge 2014. The event, which will take place from November 13-17 in the Turkish city of Izmir, will bring together at...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 12:00am

Embrace technology, Kirehe rice farmers told

There is need to increase rice production to not only ensure food security, but also broaden the country’s tax base, the Minister for Agriculture Geraldine Mukeshimana, has said. The minister said this while on a tour of Kirehe District on Monday, where she interacted with hundreds of rice...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 12:00am

Kaboneka roots for community policing

The Minister for Local Government and Social Affairs, Francis Kaboneka, has called upon local leaders and security organs in Gatsibo District to collectively tackle security and development issues in the district. The minister made the call on October 28 in Gatsibo during the district general...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 12:00am