Senators to join drive to support the needy

The Senate has called its members to support vulnerable people in the community get food during the COVID-19 pandemic. The call was made on Monday, March 30, through video conference where the Bureau examined the role the Senate should play during this time. The outbreak induced a nationwide...

Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 2:41 AM

COVID-19: FAO urges G20 to ensure reliable food supply

The Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has urged G20 leaders to take measures to ensure that global and national markets continue to be a transparent, stable and reliable source of food supply during the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Qu...

Saturday, March 28, 2020, 12:49 AM

Petroleum firms donate 56,000 litres of fuel towards anti-COVID-19 efforts

The Rwanda Association of Petroleum Product Importers (ASSIMPER) has offered 56,000 litres of fuel worth slightly over Rwf60 million in monetary value to support the Government of Rwanda's efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic.  ASSIMPER is grouping of companies that import and...

Friday, March 27, 2020, 9:38 PM

COVID-19: Agric activities continue during lockdown

The Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources has issued instructions aimed at helping farmers get needed services amid the coronavirus lockdown. “Essential services continue to be delivered so that food chain is not disrupted,” a statement signed by Gerardine Mukeshimana,...

Thursday, March 26, 2020, 12:30 AM

Rwanda's economy grew by 9.4% in 2019

Rwanda's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 9.4 percent in 2019 to reach Rwf9,105 billion, latest figures from the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR) on Tuesday, March 23, show. GDP is the total monetary value of goods and services produced within an economy over a specific...

Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 12:50 PM

Lockdown aims to prevent spread of COVID-19 to rural areas

The restriction on travels between different cities and districts countrywide that was announced on Saturday, March 21, is meant to control the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the countryside, the Minister of Health, has said. Dr. Daniel Ngamije was appearing on a talk show on...

Sunday, March 22, 2020, 5:38 PM

Francophonie Day: Mushikiwabo roots for solidarity to tackle global challenges

The Secretary-General of International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF) has said that for the French-speaking community to be more impactful in the future, it has to reinforce the achievement of shared prosperity through solidarity and respect among its members. Louise Mushikiwabo made the...

Saturday, March 21, 2020, 12:19 AM

Over 3 million coffee trees to be replaced

Over three million old coffee trees in the country are set to be replaced as government seeks to increase crop productivity and subsequently fetch more foreign exchange revenue from one of the country’s major cash crops. The National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB) says that...

Friday, March 20, 2020, 12:00 AM

Children to continue getting milk despite temporary closure of ECDs

Children from needy households are no longer receiving milk from Early Childhood Development centres (ECDs) but rather from their homes. The move, announced by the National Early Childhood Development Programme (NECDP), comes after temporary closures of ECDs as part of measures to control the...

Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 12:00 AM

High costs blamed for low fertiliser uptake

The Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) has said that fertiliser use in Rwanda is far below the global average, with farmers attributing the problem to relatively high costs that smallholder farmers cannot afford. Speaking to The New Times, Evariste Tugirinshuti, the president of maize farmers...

Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 12:36 AM

CHOGM: Senator wants developed countries to honor $100bn climate commitment

Senator John Bonds Bideri has urged developing countries to use the 2020 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM 2020) that takes place in Rwanda in June to push developed countries to honour their climate finance commitments made as part of the Paris Agreement.  ...

Monday, March 16, 2020, 12:00 AM

Brexit won’t shake C’wealth, says UK High Commissioner

The British High Commissioner to Rwanda, Jo Lomas, has said that the United Kingdom (UK) leaving the European Union (EU) will not destabilise the Commonwealth. Lomas made the remarks on Friday, March 13, 2020 the celebrations of Commonwealth Day 2020 at Rwanda Parliament. The UK officially...

Saturday, March 14, 2020, 12:00 AM

Minister, lawmakers call for fresh measures to shore up agric lending

In the absence of an agriculture bank, there is a need to ensure that the sector receives “a fair share” of loans from local lenders, the Minister for Agriculture and Animal Resources has said. Gérardine Mukeshimana was appearing before the Chamber of Deputies’ standing...

Friday, March 13, 2020, 10:29 PM

REG embroiled in expropriation saga

Parliament has urged institutions to pay people their compensation promptly for property taken through expropriation to pave way for projects of public interest. It made the observation in Kigali Wednesday while receiving two representatives of 37 Nyabihu District residents petitioned the...

Friday, March 13, 2020, 12:00 AM

MPs question low occupancy rate of cross-border markets

The Minister for Trade and Industry, Soraya Hakuziyaremye, has pledged to address the challenges affecting cross-border markets in the next financial year which begins in July 2020. The minister’s promise came after Members of Parliament said that the occupancy rate of cross border markets...

Friday, March 13, 2020, 12:00 AM

Elders advocate for special policy

Organisations striving for the rights and welfare of the elderly have urged the government to develop a special policy to cater for them in a bid to ensure a dignified old age. Their observations follow the endorsement by an extraordinary Cabinet meeting on Friday, March 6 in Kigali of a draft...

Thursday, March 12, 2020, 12:00 AM

Online property auction to ‘tackle fraud, corruption’

Property auctions will soon go digital in a bid to curb corruption thanks to a Ministerial Order relating to the electronic execution of enforcement orders, which was approved by the Cabinet on Friday, March 6. An enforcement order is an order by a court to force a person or organisation to...

Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 12:48 AM

Additional Rwf17bn Mutuelle funding to boost health care

In 2015, Jean Baptiste Ntakirutimana, a resident of Gisagara District lost his wife at the University Teaching Hospital of Butare. She died from kidney failure, in part, because they could not afford the Rwf60, 000 bill for the drugs she had been prescribed for, despite having health insurance...

Thursday, March 5, 2020, 12:00 AM

MPs raise concern over property auctions

Lawmakers have expressed concern that financial institutions are inclined to auction debtors’ mortgaged property, suggesting that other remedies should also be applied as provided for by the law. The legislation provides for four remedies in case of default of loan repayment by the...

Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 1:00 AM

NAEB upgrades packing house to ensure safety of horticulture exports

National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB) has unveiled its newly upgraded packing house that will help the quality and safety of Rwandan produce to meet international market requirements. The event was officiated by the CEO of NAEB, Amb. Willian Bill Kayonga and Ton Negenman, First...

Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 12:00 AM