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Michel Nkurunziza

The National Children’s Summit: A home grown solution to grant every child a right to participation

The Annual National Children’s Summit is a Consultative Forum which brings together children’s delegates from across the country to exchange views and ideas on the issues.  It was initiated in Rwanda in 2004 to grant every child a right to participation and to provide an...

Friday, November 27, 2020, 12:13 AM

What can be done to check the raging floods in Kigali suburbs?

Urban planners have disclosed that a storm water management plan being devised could be the sustainable solution to manage floods that have ravaged the different suburbs of the City of Kigali. Storm water is surface water in abnormal quantities resulting from heavy rainfall and experts say the...

Thursday, November 26, 2020, 12:00 AM

First Kangondo residents set to move to new estate

The relocation of the first 30 families from Kigali’s largest slum known as “Bannyahe” in Gasabo District has again attracted mixed reactions among residents regarding the approach to compensate them for their homes. Some are requesting to be given houses while...

Wednesday, November 25, 2020, 7:07 PM

School children use art in drive against Covid-19

Last week, Kigali city through Gasabo District launched a campaign called ‘Operation Usafi’ that sought to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic through the promotion of hygiene. Through this campaign, involved partners engaged pupils from primary schools in Kigali by...

Wednesday, November 25, 2020, 12:17 AM

Seven initiatives supporting local entrepreneurs and start-ups

With Covid-19 pandemic having affected businesses and threatening the survival of start-ups, The New Times has compiled some ongoing programmes to support start-ups in the country. The initiatives aim to boost businesses’ skills and performance, access to finance, access to advanced...

Tuesday, November 24, 2020, 12:00 AM

What is holding back cassava yield?

Cassava farmers continue to harvest low yields despite their high potential largely due to lack of quality cassava cuttings (seeds) as well as hesitance to comply with recommended agricultural practices, agricultural researchers have said. Dr. Athanase Nduwumuremyi, the Head of Cassava Research...

Tuesday, November 24, 2020, 12:00 AM

One Acre Fund-TUBURA to distribute 15m trees to farmers

In 21A Season, One Acre Fund-TUBURA in partnership with the Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Board and the Rwanda Forestry Authority, has embarked on a drive to distribute 15 million agroforestry trees to farmers in 23 districts across the country. Founded in 2007 in Rwanda, One Acre Fund...

Tuesday, November 24, 2020, 12:00 AM

FEATURED: SPENN launches free digital payment for YEGO users

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, demand for cashless payment solutions has increased dramatically, it is in this context that I&M Bank (Rwanda) Plc. and SPENN have launched a new partnership with YEGO allowing all SPENN users to digitally pay and receive fares for YEGO taxi cabs and...

Friday, November 20, 2020, 11:02 AM

2,500 Rwandan SMEs to benefit from skills development initiative

Rwanda Development Board (RDB) and African Management Institute have entered a partnership to provide free business skills to 2,500 Micro Small Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Rwanda. The entrepreneurs will access free business recovery and growth tools to help them bounce back from the...

Thursday, November 19, 2020, 12:16 PM

New model to help street, stunted children in Kigali

The City of Kigali has come up with a new model dubbed ‘Malnutrition Basket Battle’ aimed to help street children in the city and malnourished children. The initiative was unveiled in Gasabo district on Wednesday November 18, during the launch of a campaign called ‘Operation...

Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 6:01 PM

Rwanda to open Gishwati-Mukura Park for tourism in December

Rwanda is set to open, to visitors, Gishwati-Mukura National Park, which was recently upgraded to a UNESCO biosphere reserve. The move has added impetus to Rwanda’s ambitions of doubling its annual tourism receipts to $800 million by 2024. The country is keen on accelerating the...

Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 12:40 AM

Workers’ trade unions propose scheme to address job losses

Rwanda Workers’ Trade Unions Confederation is assessing the possibility of establishing a ‘Job Loss and Unemployment Benefit Scheme’ that will be providing direct support to employees who lose their jobs. The proposal is founded on the lessons learnt from the effects of Covid-...

Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 12:00 AM

Youth pledge to take lead in fight against infectious diseases

Figures by the Ministry of Health indicate that people living with non-communicable diseases are more susceptible to Covid-19 and have been the most impacted.  A report shows that at least 90 per cent of deaths registered in Rwanda due to Covid-19 were people with underlying conditions,...

Monday, November 16, 2020, 12:00 AM

Horticulture exporters on the spot for fleecing farmers

When farmers in Nyanza District got a Rwf6 billion irrigation dam in 2015, beneficiaries were expecting to earn a lot of income that would lift them out of poverty. The dam with 1.82 million cubic meters and irrigation system has a capacity to irrigate 301 hectares in three sectors of Nyanza...

Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 1:24 AM

Fund to create 22,000 TVET jobs

At least 22,000 youth will be trained in Technical Vocational Education and Training in readiness to work in factories and companies as well as put them in position to create their own jobs. Frank Shyaka, the Manager of the Skills Development Fund funded by the World Bank through the Workforce...

Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 12:00 AM

Piggery, poultry firms to acquire upgraded equipment

Firms engaged in the processing of poultry and piggery products are set to benefit from support by the National Industrial Research and Development Agency (NIRDA) to acquire better equipment to improve competitiveness and productivity. The same support will also see firms engaged in the...

Friday, November 6, 2020, 2:36 PM

NIRDA launches support initiative for firms producing construction materialfrom stone

The National Industrial Research and Development Agency (NIRDA) has launched a 2020-2021 Open Calls Programme for local firms in production of construction materials produced from stone. The initiative seeks to improve the competitiveness and quality of construction materials made out of stone...

Friday, November 6, 2020, 10:16 AM

Rwandan students set to compete in continental code challenge

Three Rwandan students were last week selected to take part in the next round of the African Code Challenge.  African Code Challenge is an initiative of Germany system Analysis and Software Development (SAP) and it’s organised in partnership with The United Nations Educational,...

Wednesday, November 4, 2020, 12:29 AM

Solar energy companies get waste disposal solution

A recently launched intervention seeks to support solar home systems companies in Rwanda that decry high disposal cost hampering the efforts to collect and transport solar products waste to recycling companies. A company is supposed to pay over Rwf500 per kilogramme of some solar products...

Tuesday, November 3, 2020, 8:30 AM

From Rwf400,000 to Rwf10m agro- inputs business: One woman’s story

Ruth Mukeshimana, a mother of six in Kayonza District who started with Rwf400, 000 investment capital in agribusiness value chain in the last five years, is now making millions as an agro-dealer. Mukeshimana, who was previously unemployed, spent part of her savings from casual works to venture...

Tuesday, November 3, 2020, 1:00 AM

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