Simon Peter Kaliisa

How a gas accident turned into business opportunity

In April this year, Fiacre Nemeyimana suffered a life-threatening accident when cooking gas exploded into flames at his home, inflicting heavy injuries on him.  As a result, he was admitted to the hospital for more than a month. He was in a coma for three days and after he had gained...

Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 12:00 AM

Social cohesion ‘has become a true remedy for post-Genocide trauma’

Froduard Rutikanga, a resident of Gakenke District, is a former Genocide convict who was set free after being pardoned by relatives of his victims. Rutikanga had been sentenced to by the Gacaca court. Like some other former convicts, after his release Rutikanga was confronted by the...

Saturday, September 21, 2019, 12:42 AM

Cheap end user devices, partnerships key to internet affordability – service providers

Rwanda is one of the few countries that are doing well in internet connectivity and phone penetration. Although it is not the same story for many countries in Africa, there is more work to be done. This was revealed during the just-concluded telecoms summit organised by Capacity Africa, in...

Saturday, September 14, 2019, 12:00 AM

Increase investments in data centres, experts tell African governments

African countries have to invest heavily in connectivity and energy if they are to realise the full potential of the continent’s data market. That was observed Wednesday by tech entrepreneurs at the two-day Capacity Africa meeting held in Kigali. Experts observed that as the continent...

Thursday, September 12, 2019, 5:56 PM

We want to create space where talents and innovation can flourish – Prof Philip Cotton

Technology is advancing at a fast pace, transforming the way work is done, and universities across the world are key institutions in preparing society for change. The New Times’ Simon Peter Kaliisa spoke to Professor Philip Cotton, the Vice-Chancellor of University of Rwanda on the ongoing...

Tuesday, September 3, 2019, 12:16 AM

I&M Bank, Mastercard launch Rwanda’s first multicurrency platinum prepaid card

I&M Bank, in partnership with Mastercard on Thursday, launched a prepaid platinum multicurrency prepaid card, which among other benefits will enable customers to enjoy seamless transactions from across four continents. The card is unique as it gives the customers a possibility of transacting...

Friday, August 30, 2019, 6:02 PM

FEATURED: BPR Plc customer-first transformation journey

Founded in 1975, by a group of ordinary Rwandans in a village called Nkamba in the Eastern province, Banque Populaire Du Rwanda has seen and experienced  every revolution the country’s banking sector has gone through.   44 years on, the bank is continuing to flourish in the...

Thursday, August 29, 2019, 1:14 AM

School dropout finds niche in shoe-making through YouTube

It is not common practice for one to leave his or her salaried job and opt to go into business, but for Potien Mvugiki, a 28-year-old shoemaker, that was the chosen path. Mvugiki walked away from a restaurant job where he worked as a waiter to pursue a career in shoemaking and opened a business...

Tuesday, August 27, 2019, 12:00 AM

The 600 film premiered in Senegal as Rwandans celebrate liberation

Rwandans in Senegal were on Friday joined by diplomats and friends of Rwanda at the African Renaissance Museum to mark the 25th anniversary of the country’s liberation. The story of the Rwanda Patriotic Front/Army led struggle was told through, among other methods, the ...

Monday, August 19, 2019, 12:01 PM

FEATURED: Why choose postgraduate studies at the University of Rwanda?

Recent developments in technology have turned the world into a global village, making the job market more competitive and jeopardising the security of jobs for many. And so to be safer, one has to upgrade one’s skills to be more secure. But this has not been an easy path if busy work-life and...

Monday, August 19, 2019, 12:00 AM

City public transporters to get 6-months contract extension

The city of Kigali together with other stakeholders are considering an extension of contracts of the three companies that operate public transport across the city for another six months. In a phone interview, Jean d’Amour Rwunguko the Acting City Engineer, confirmed that the city with other...

Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 12:00 AM

FEATURED: Saving, owning a home and driving a personal car made easy with BPR Plc

Do you have a stable monthly income, and have you harboured a dream of driving your own car or sleep in your own house, but obstructed with the lengthy loan acquisition process or fearful of the high-interest rate charged by the commercial banks? This could be your time as BPR Plc looks to make it...

Friday, August 9, 2019, 4:47 PM

Food prices remain lower than two years ago despite increases

Data gathered from a survey conducted by this newspaper from various markets revealed that although there had been increases in food prices, they remain comparatively low compared to the 2017 and the second half of 2018 levels. According to the data, one kilogramme of Irish potatoes is ranging...

Wednesday, August 7, 2019, 12:00 AM

FEATURED: Kigali Marriott Hotel boosts Made-in-Rwanda drive

The government’s programme to inspire buying of locally made products dubbed Made-in-Rwanda Hafi Yawe, has got a boost after one of the biggest hotel brands in the country, Kigali Marriott Hotel, opened its doors for product vendors to showcase to the public at the upcoming three-day trade...

Tuesday, July 30, 2019, 5:59 PM

AU may miss 2019 target for Single Airspace of Africa

The African Union’s target of having a Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) may have to wait for another year as the majority of African countries are reluctant to endorse the Yamoussoukro Decision. This was observed during the just-concluded capacity building workshop on the...

Thursday, July 25, 2019, 12:00 AM

African youth leaders in Kigali for leadership, entrepreneurship training

More than 124 youth leaders from 26 African countries are meeting in Kigali for the 2019 Youth Advocacy, Entrepreneurship and Leadership Training focusing on impactful leadership and how to own and run a successful business in the, ever-changing business environment. The young ambassadors who are...

Wednesday, July 24, 2019, 12:00 AM

Photography business evolution; Rwandan entrepreneur’s experience

Photography is among ventures that over the years have been disrupted by advancements in technology, with holders of smartphones in positions to become photographers. Previously, photographers were hard to miss at parties, ceremonies and events. Paul Matabaro is among those  who have...

Tuesday, July 23, 2019, 12:00 AM

EAC business leaders decry slow uptake of technology

Local business leaders have decried the low level of penetration and application of ICT among the business community across the East African Community (EAC) saying that this was among the major impediments to doing business in the region. This was observed Thursday during a dialogue dubbed ICT for...

Friday, July 19, 2019, 1:17 PM

Enterprenuer’s experience in setting up an organic beauty products firm

From a tender age, Amina Furaha Abayisenga was drawn to beauty products; use and production. Her fascination and interest further developed when she learnt that her skin was not compatible to beauty products that were not organic or from natural ingredients. It is then that she also began to look...

Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 12:00 AM

Kigalians weigh in on public transport ahead of fresh contract talks

With the City of Kigali and regulators due to renew or revoke contracts of the three companies that operate public transport across the city, residents have weighed in calling for improved service delivery.  City Hall and Rwanda Utility Regulatory Authority last year extended by one year...

Saturday, July 13, 2019, 12:00 AM