Twitter abuzz as African leaders clinch key trade deal

The African Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) agreement, signed Wednesday in Kigali by 44 countries, has prompted African leaders, citizens and observers around the world to weigh in, many hailing the development. Here are some of the Twitter reactions. Issoufou Mahamadou, President of Niger I...

Friday, March 23, 2018, 12:00 AM

Egypt to host first intra-African trade fair

The first-ever Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF) is set to be held in Cairo in December 2018, officials announced yesterday, following the signing of the hosting agreement between the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), the African Union, and the Government of Egypt. The hosting agreement was...

Thursday, March 22, 2018, 12:00 AM

Business leaders upbeat as Africa gears up for single market protocol

Private Sector players are optimistic of the positive results that could come with the ready-to-be-adopted Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) deal. According to the business community, African countries agreeing on the highly anticipated intra-Africa trade regime will go a long way in positioning...

Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 12:00 AM

President Ramaphosa says SA to lift visa restrictions for Rwandans

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced in Kigali Tuesday that he is working with his Rwandan counterpart, President Paul Kagame, to significantly improve the bilateral ties between both countries, adding that the issue of visa restrictions against Rwandans traveling to his country...

Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 12:00 AM

10 notable quotes from AU Summit on the Continental Free Trade Area

African political and business leaders met in Kigali as part of the African Union Summit on the Continental Free Trade Area. There were in-depth deliberations and exchanges that sought to leverage the power of businesses to drive Africa’s integration agenda. Athan Tashobya of The New Times...

Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 12:00 AM

Eighty per cent African countries sign up for AfCFTA

Fifty Africans countries have signed at least one of the three proposed legal instruments which are set to open the borders to make the continent the largest trading bloc in the world. It was a historic moment on Tuesday as leaders from 44 of the 55 African Union member states appended...

Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 12:00 AM

Traffic advisory issued ahead of AU summit

Rwanda National Police has called on members of the public to adhere to the new traffic guidelines issued by the City of Kigali to facilitate traffic flow ahead of next wek’s African Union Summit in Kigali. In an interview with Saturday Times, Commissioner for Traffic and Road Safety CP Rafiki...

Saturday, March 17, 2018, 12:00 AM

RURA takes steps toward ‘smart taxi-moto’

Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) is mulling over the possibilities of harnessing technology to streamline the country’s public transport system. And the regulator has taken bold steps towards bringing smart transport to Rwanda, with one of the latest innovations being automation of...

Thursday, March 15, 2018, 12:00 AM

Rwanda looks to deploy satellite tech to monitor progress on SDGs

Rwanda is currently readying itself for satellite technology as one of the key tools to monitor implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the country. According to the Director-General, Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA), Patrick Nyirishema, satellite communication...

Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 12:00 AM

Govt to amend law on faith-based organisations

The government is reviewing the existing law regulating churches and mosques after establishing loopholes that have led to the mushrooming of substandard faith-based institutions. Rwanda Governance Board (RGB), the custodian and registrar of Faith-Based organizations – including churches and...

Sunday, March 11, 2018, 12:00 AM

Rwanda, Tanzania opt for electric trains

Rwanda and Tanzania have agreed to review the design of Isaka-Kigali standard gauge railway. They have dropped the proposed use of diesel engines in favour of electric locomotives. Experts say that electric trains are more efficient and environmental friendly as opposed to diesel trains. During...

Saturday, March 10, 2018, 12:00 AM

IWD: Imbuto awards best performing girls

10 female students who excelled in last year’s secondary leaving examinations and those under Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) were awarded with laptops by Imbuto Foundation. This was during the International Women’s Day (IWD) event that took place in Shyogwe Sector, Muhanga...

Friday, March 9, 2018, 12:00 AM

SPONSORED: 7 things you should know about the new cooking gas regulations

Perhaps you didn’t even know that RURA passed a revised regulation for Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) which is mostly used for cooking? Or perhaps you had an idea about this regulation in the first place? Amidst government’s deliberate move to encourage Rwandans to switch to using gas...

Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 12:00 AM

Startups to benefit as govt eases access to Export Growth Fund

The government has reviewed the eligibility for financing from its Export Fund to enable export-oriented SMEs tap into foreign markets. The existing criteria were prohibitive especially for startups, which, experts argue, need the most support. One such criteria is the requirement for businesses...

Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 12:00 AM

Getting Rwanda ready for the fourth industrial revolution

The Fourth Industrial revolution is set to change the way we think and work. While this could be a welcome development, the prospect has triggered fears among private sector members whose innovation capacity is still low. The Fourth Industrial revolution can be described as an era replacing the...

Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 12:00 AM

Fuel prices continue upward trend

Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA), yesterday, released new fuel tariffs in the country, indicating a slight increase in pump prices which took effect today. According to a statement signed by RURA director-general, Patrick Nyirishema, pump prices in Kigali for petrol have increased to...

Saturday, March 3, 2018, 12:00 AM

Kagame inaugurates hotel in Nyagatare

President Paul Kagame officially inaugurated the newly constructed City Blue Epic Hotel and Suites in Nyagatare District on Thursday. The inauguration ceremony was also attended by the First Lady Jeannette Kagame and hundreds of other leaders from the Central and Local governments, heads of...

Friday, March 2, 2018, 12:00 AM

What Rwandans expect from Umwiherero

As the four-day 15th National Leadership Retreat draws to a close tomorrow, The New Times talked to selected Rwandans from different backgrounds on their expectations. The retreat opened on Monday at Rwanda Defence Force Combat Training Centre in Gabiro, Gatsibo District. Excerpts; Vanessa...

Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 12:00 AM

Umwiherero: 82% of last year’s resolutions implemented, says premier Ngirente

At least 82 per cent of resolutions of the 14th National Leadership Retreat were implemented, the Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente said yesterday. Up to 26 resolutions were drawn at the closure of last year’s National Leadership Retreat. They include fast-tracking implementation of...

Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 12:00 AM

National Leadership Retreat opens today

About 300 senior leaders from central, local government, parastatals and the private sector are meeting at the Rwanda Defence Force Combat Training Centre in Gabiro in Gatsibo District for the annual National Leadership retreat. Participants for the 15th edition of the annual National Leadership...

Monday, February 26, 2018, 12:00 AM