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Editorial: Central bank should pick interest in the debate on ‘pull’ and ‘push’ charges

The uptake of cashless payment systems in Rwanda has no doubt skyrocketed over the past few years. This is mainly attributable to the different incentives put in place by the government to ease the use of such platforms. This fits in well with the government’s aspirations of being an ICT...

Monday, May 10, 2021, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Tap into the immense potential of the creative industry

On Tuesday, May 4, Rwanda’s acclaimed R&B singer and songwriter, Bruce Melodie signed a 3-year deal worth Rwf150 million as the brand ambassador of the ultra-modern facility, Kigali Arena. The deal followed another one he signed with Brok Beer worth Rwf50 million. The endorsement...

Thursday, May 6, 2021, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: MTN Rwanda’s listing is a confidence boost to capital market development

Shareholders of Crystal Telecom have now become direct shareholders of MTN Rwanda following the listing of the telco on the Rwanda Stock Exchange. A total of 1,350,886,600 ordinary shares were registered with the RSE at an initial listing price of Rwf269 per ordinary share. At the time of...

Wednesday, May 5, 2021, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: There is every reason to believe and invest in local sports talent

It is that time of year when thousands line the streets across Rwanda to cheer on riders in Tour du Rwanda, an annual 2.1 UCI Africa Tour road cycling race, which has increasingly become a major highlight on the country’s sporting calendar. The rescheduled race attracted teams from around...

Tuesday, May 4, 2021, 12:00 AM

Editorial: For Rwanda, every challenge becomes a learning opportunity

During the extended National Executive Committee meeting that took place this past weekend, the Minister of Health announced that the government was in advanced stages of setting up a state-of-the-art laboratory. The laboratory – which will be the biggest of its kind in the country, and...

Monday, May 3, 2021, 5:41 AM

Editorial: Pay attention to weather forecast

The Rwanda Meteorology Agency prediction shows that rains will be slightly above normal in the first week of May, but will ease towards the end of the month. Despite the positive impact of the weather phenomenon, it is not always kind to some Rwandans and their livelihoods. Previous...

Friday, April 30, 2021, 12:19 AM

EDITORIAL: Genocide against Tutsi: It’s time UK stood up for justice

It is the former British Prime Minister William E. Gladstone who famously said in an 1868 speech that ‘justice delayed is justice denied’, a maxim which means that legal redress that does not come in a timely manner is as anything but justice. It’s ironic that, 153 years after...

Thursday, April 29, 2021, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Behold! a new generation of patriots is emerging

A video of Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) Officer Cadets singing and dancing following their commissioning on Monday, April 26, has gone viral on social media platforms. The 30-second clip showcases patriotism and national pride of young men and women in uniform. During the commissioning of 721...

Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: More children need to be exposed to robotics and coding early on

A group of children aged between 4 and 14 over the weekend completed a ‘Holiday Robotics Week’ training in Kigali during which they had first-hand experience in robotics programming and coding. The experience was exciting for the youngsters who were able to come up with innovative...

Tuesday, April 27, 2021, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Yes Covid-19 is still with us, but malaria is still a major threat too

Rwandans on Sunday, April 25 joined the world to celebrate World Malaria Day, which was marked under the theme; “Zero Malaria Starts with Me.” The day is being celebrated at the time when Rwandans, like the rest of the world, are grappling with the global pandemic of Covid-19...

Monday, April 26, 2021, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Tailored banking products will unlock agric potential

Agriculture is by far the biggest employer in Rwanda, accounting for up to 60 per cent of the workforce. The sector is also a key contributor to the national GDP, with the central bank putting its share at 24 per cent in 2020. Nonetheless, agriculture remains severely underfunded with most...

Thursday, April 22, 2021, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Muse Report is further evidence against denial

On Monday, 19th April, a team of legal experts led by American jurist Robert F Muse from the Washington-based law firm Levy, Firestone Muse LLP, presented to the Rwandan cabinet a report on the role of France in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. The report showed that the French...

Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 1:01 AM

EDITORIAL: Conservation should remain a top priority

The Covid-19 pandemic and its devastating consequences on people’s health and economies globally have seen several priorities relegated to the backseat as leaders desperately try to contain the virus and ease its impacts. With the virus eroding gains from years of hard work in poverty...

Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 12:00 AM

Editorial: For the genocide fugitives, truth eventually prevails

This past week has not been good for Genocide fugitives. It started with the deportation of Beatrice Munyenyezi, who, working with her husband and mother-in-law – now convicts of a UN-backed court – presided over killings of the Tutsi mainly in what was then known as Butare Prefecture...

Monday, April 19, 2021, 12:00 AM

Editorial: IMF debt relief is welcome, it should increase access to Covid-19 stimulus

The Covid-19 pandemic has had severe consequences on the Rwandan, just as it has on other countries globally. From the economic perspective, the virus led to the contraction of year-on-year output by 3.6 per cent in the third quarter of 2020. The Covid-19 control measures and a lockdown in the...

Friday, April 16, 2021, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Genocide against the Tutsi: We must never tire of calling out deniers

Nearly 27 years after the Genocide against the Tutsi claimed more than a million lives, there are still some people and governments that deliberately refuse to refer to what happened by its right name. They include those who dithered in acknowledging that what was taking place in Rwanda back in...

Thursday, April 15, 2021, 12:50 AM

EDITORIAL: Make the most of available platforms to document survivors’ testimonies

15 to 20 years ago, self-publishing content was an uphill task. To publish an article on one’s experience for consumption by the general public, one would need to pitch it to media outlets with no guarantee that it will be published. It must have even been harder to get the same piece to...

Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Kwibuka27: Protecting gains made is a responsibility of all

Rwandans today, April 13, conclude the weeklong official mourning period during which they commemorated, for the 27th time, the over one million victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Like last year, the 2021 commemorations were particularly challenging for survivors and the country at...

Tuesday, April 13, 2021, 12:27 AM

Editorial: As we think of documenting Genocide history, let us also think about the packaging

As the country continues to engage in activities to mark the 27th commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi, the common message being carried at different events within and outside the country is for the fight against denial and trivialization of the genocide. A special focus is being put...

Monday, April 12, 2021, 12:00 AM

CIMERWA: INTERNATIONAL TENDER NOTICE

CIMERWA PLC invites interested bidders for proposals to undertake a capacity upgrade project to supply and commission drying solution at Bugarama Plant in Muganza Sector, Rusizi district. The objective of the project is to install a Raw Mill Capacity Upgrade, in the most cost-effective manner...

Friday, April 9, 2021, 10:53 AM