Emmanuel Hategeka

More clarity needed on unemployment figures

Editor, RE: “How did NISR arrive at 3.4% unemployment rate?” (The New Times, July 27). Having made progress in many areas, unemployment facing our youth and graduates is one of the major problems we must focus on. Perhaps the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR) must...

Friday, July 31, 2015, 12:00 AM

Start small but think big - supporting SMEs to grow and export (Part III)

A Business Development Fund has been established as a vehicle to support start-ups by providing credit to SMEs without collateral. BDF has a $13.4 million budget and is expanding into rural areas with branches being established in all districts in the country. BDF will be working with budding...

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 12:00 AM

Start small but think big - supporting SMEs to grow and export (Part II)

Rwanda has substantially reduced the time and cost of filing tax returns, and moved up the ranking for paying taxes from 83rd in 2006 to 22nd in 2013. With VAT now filed quarterly, and an electronic filing system, payments required per year have fallen from 83 in 2006 to 22 by 2013, and the time...

Friday, October 10, 2014, 12:00 AM

Start small but think big: Supporting SMEs to grow and export (Part I)

In most countries in the world, SMEs comprise the vast majority of all firms in the economy.  The same is true in Rwanda where SMEs account for 98% of all businesses and 82% of employment.  The vast majority of SMEs in Rwanda are micro-enterprises or household enterprises (93%) which...

Monday, October 6, 2014, 12:00 AM

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