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Emmanuel Côme Mugisha

Report: Africa’s Internet economy could be worth $180 billion by 2025

A new report published by Google and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), estimates that Africa's Internet economy has the potential to reach 5.2 percent of the continent's gross domestic product (GDP) by 2025, contributing nearly $180 billion to the overall economy. The...

Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 9:55 AM

Why women-led businesses are still less likely to secure funding

The rise of small and medium scale entrepreneurship is now ever evident with mushrooming business incubation and accelerator programmes. The Government is also placing focus on women. Nevertheless, funding of women-led enterprises remains scarce. Women entrepreneurs in Africa, according to the...

Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 12:37 AM

Kigali to get new mental health care centre

Minister of Health Dr Daniel Ngamije has revealed plans to open a one-stop mental health care centre. The centre will add to existing efforts to address mental health issues by diagnosing and treating even the smallest and earliest signs of mental diseases. Minister Ngamije made the announcement...

Saturday, November 14, 2020, 11:09 AM

iAccelerator contest returns, puts focus on mental issues, disability

Imbuto Foundation on Friday, November 13 launched the third edition of iAccelerator, a youth-driven programme aimed at encouraging young people to create innovative solutions to issues related to sexual and reproductive health. During this edition, the innovation accelerator has put more focus...

Saturday, November 14, 2020, 7:28 AM

FEATURED: Mango reintroduces unlimited 4G internet packages

Mango Telecom on Wednesday, November 11 relaunched unlimited 4G (Fourth Generation) internet packages, this time with improved connectivity and higher speed. Unlimited plans had been cancelled in July following customer complaints mostly about low speed and tethering. The new products, however,...

Friday, November 13, 2020, 12:00 AM

Rwandan Femtech start-up scoops $1 million financing

Kasha, a Rwandan female technology (Femtech) start-up has secured $1 million in investment from a Swedish development finance institution Swedfund. The injection increases Kasha’s Series A round to $3 million in just 2020. Kasha is an e-commerce platform that works to improve women’s...

Wednesday, November 11, 2020, 7:41 PM

Why it is important to visit Toyota Rwanda’s service station

The most striking sight driving into Toyota Rwanda is not the car showroom. Neither is it the life size dummy standing in the workshop with a safety helmet and face mask on. It is the ‘Kaizen’ philosophy evident in the business. Located in Karuruma, the official Toyota car...

Wednesday, November 11, 2020, 12:55 AM

Former Mali President Amadou Toure passes on

Amadou Toumani Touré, former president of the Republic of Mali ousted by a coup in 2012, died on the night of Monday to Tuesday in Istanbul, Turkey. He was 72. A retired General, Touré succumbed to a heart attack in Turkish hospital on Tuesday, November 10, according to several Malian media....

Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 11:33 AM

Covid-19: Minister Shyaka warns of another lockdown

Local government Minister Anastase Shyaka has warned of dire consequences, including a possible lockdown as violation of government measures put in place to control the spread of Covid-19 infections continue to escalate. The minister sounded the alarm after more than 230 people were arrested...

Monday, November 9, 2020, 8:31 PM

RwandAir reassures passengers amid fresh lockdowns in Europe

The national carrier RwandAir has announced it will continue operating flights to and from the United Kingdom even after the latter imposed a second nationwide lockdown that started Thursday, November 5. The airline said it will keep an eye on the situation, which might affect its schedules in...

Friday, November 6, 2020, 8:17 AM

FEATURED: Women-led businesses compete at BK Urumuri 4th edition to qualifyfor interest-free loan 

A total of ten women-led enterprises on November 3rd aced for interest-free loans in a heightened business pitch under BK Urumuri Initiative. In two weeks, up to six entrepreneurs will be announced winners of the scoop under Bank of Kigali and Inkomoko Entrepreneur Development partnership. The...

Wednesday, November 4, 2020, 2:46 PM

Over 600 Congolese refugees relocated from Kigeme to Mahama camp

A group of 620 Congolese were on November 3, relocated to Mahama camp from Kigeme refugee camp. The Ministry of Emergency Management (MINEMA) cited their wellbeing and the need to protect the environment among the reasons for the relocation. The refugees are moving from Nyamagabe District in...

Tuesday, November 3, 2020, 10:58 AM

Software helping break the silence about sex in Rwanda

Talking about sex is almost taboo in Rwanda. The age of sexual debut is dropping below 15 and adolescents report high levels of coercion in their first sexual experiences.  The majority of new HIV infections are in young girls and teen pregnancy rates are rising. Studies show that...

Tuesday, November 3, 2020, 1:04 AM

TownConnect app launched in Rwanda

TownConnect, a global, cloud-based platform has launched its manager app in Rwanda. The US-based software company operates a set of apps designed with the objective of providing clients with complete management facilities. The platform in Rwanda is managed by RG Consult Inc., a local marketing...

Friday, October 30, 2020, 3:46 PM

Above-average rainfall expected in November

Rwanda Meteorology Agency has predicted above-normal rains during November in most parts of the country. The expected rainfall ranges between 100 and 300 millimeters, an amount slightly above long-term average of November. It will also be a little beyond what rained in October. The enhanced...

Friday, October 30, 2020, 3:14 PM

What Gishwati-Mukura’s new global status means

Rwanda's tourism sector on Wednesday got a major boost after the Gishwati-Mukura landscape was recognized internationally after being designated a UNESCO biosphere reserve. Recognising Gishwati-Mukura as a biosphere reserve will foster economic development in the region while raising the...

Thursday, October 29, 2020, 3:57 PM

Lessons local enterprises can pick from Jibu’s franchise model

Rwandan streets in neighbourhoods and business centres are now surrounded by chains of both local and international brands.  This results from a few business owners with a desire to expand their footprints and, at the same time, raise a new breed of entrepreneurs. For the last seven...

Thursday, October 29, 2020, 1:04 AM

Flash floods ravage Nyarugunga neighborhood

At least 12 homes in a non-high-risk neighborhood in Nyarugunga, Kigali, were affected by unforeseen floods which resulted from a heavy downpour on Tuesday afternoon. Residents in the area have blamed the incident on ongoing construction works in Kigali International Airport, where the...

Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 7:07 PM

Report: Hunger bites in Africa as climate change worsens

After decades of decline, food insecurity and undernourishment are again on the rise as a result of extreme weather and climate events that have been ravaging the continent. The trend was revealed in a multi-agency report released on Monday, October 26 under the title; “The State of the...

Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 6:16 PM

Five startups selected for Seedstars pitch in Kigali

Five up-and-coming tech startups from Rwanda are set to pitch this Wednesday, October 28 at an online Seedstars Kigali competition. One local winner will move on to the next round at the regional stage for a shot at $500,000 in equity investment at the grand finale. Seedstars, a Swiss-based...

Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 11:42 AM

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