Mutuelle de Santé suffers Rwf20 billion funding shortage

The Rwanda Social Security Board (RSSB) has told lawmakers that delays in paying hospital bills stem from shortage of funding that the community-based Health insurance scheme– commonly known as Mutuelle de Santé has been facing. Regis Rugemanshuro, the Director-General of RSSB...

Sunday, May 31, 2020, 6:47 PM

MPs propose review of dialysis treatment under Mutuelle de Santé

Lawmakers have expressed the need to review kidney patients’ therapy by dialysis under the community-based health insurance scheme (CBHI) – commonly known as Mutuelle de Santé – as currently, they are only entitled to six-week treatment. They were speaking on Friday,...

Saturday, May 30, 2020, 6:35 PM

Make public servants’ salaries priority, MPs tells government

Members of Parliament have implored central government to prioritise payment of salaries of public servants during the execution of the proposed budget for the fiscal year 2020/2021. They made the call on Friday, May 29 during a budget hearing session by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on...

Saturday, May 30, 2020, 12:31 AM

Rwanda earmarks Rwf3.5bn for tourism marketing post-Covid-19

Rwanda Development Board (RDB) has allocated Rwf3.5 billion for tourism marketing activities as it seeks to recover the tourism and hospitality industry from Covid-19 impact in the next fiscal year. This was confirmed by Clare Akamanzi, the CEO of the board. She was speaking on Wednesday, May...

Friday, May 29, 2020, 12:00 AM

MPs raise concern as govt cuts agriculture spending

Members of Parliament (MPs) have expressed concerns over the government proposal to slash spending on agriculture by 35 per cent, saying that the move would affect farm productivity. In proposal to reduce government spending on agriculture is contained in the draft budget for the 2020/21 fiscal...

Thursday, May 28, 2020, 3:51 PM

Why potato, bean production dropped

Cultivated area for both Irish potatoes and beans increased in the Season A of 2020, but their produce went down, according to a report by the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR). The agriculture season A started from September 2019 to February 2020. Speaking to The New...

Tuesday, May 26, 2020, 12:55 AM

Rwf2 billion saved into informal sector pension scheme

More than Rwf2 billion has been saved into EjoHeza long-term savings scheme, the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning has said. Uzziel Ndagijimana provided the statistics on May 21, while presenting the budget framework paper and midterm budget estimates for 2020/2021 - 2022/2023....

Saturday, May 23, 2020, 12:12 AM

Insurers petition Supreme Court over minimum wage

Local insurance companies have filed a public litigation case at Supreme Court in which they contest the lack of minimum wage, arguing that such a situation is against public interests as well as threatens the profitability of the insurers. The petitioners filed the case through Rwanda...

Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 11:39 AM

Parliament to summon health, finance ministers

Parliament has resolved to summon the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, and the Minister of Health to give explanations for funding and medical issues that have persisted despite resolutions made for them to get solved in previous years. The House made the decision on Monday, May 18,...

Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 1:00 PM

How affordable energy can boost productivity of SME

Members of Parliament have tasked the government to consider ways to reduce the high cost of electricity that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) incur to run their business activities so that they improve their productivity. The lawmakers made the observations on Wednesday, May 13, 2020,...

Saturday, May 16, 2020, 12:00 AM

Extraordinary parliamentary session: What’s on the agenda?

The Chamber of Deputies on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 started an extraordinary session which Speaker Donatille Mukabalisa said will focus on, among other things, the consideration of the Auditor General (AG)’s report and the draft law for the 2020/2021 fiscal year budget. The AG’s...

Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 9:54 PM

Parliament starts extraordinary session

The Chamber of Deputies will today, May 13, start an extraordinary session after more than a month of limited parliamentary activity. The plenary, which will take place at 3 pm, will, among other things, examine the €91.4 million (Rwf93 billion) loan agreement between Rwanda and the...

Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 2:42 PM

Rwanda’s revenues from tea exports up by 27 percent

Rwanda exported more than 9,317,000 kilogrammes (9,317 tonnes) of processed tea worth over $27.6 million (about Rwf25 billion) between January and March 2020, according to latest statistics. The statistics were released by the National Agriculture Export Development Board (NAEB) showed on...

Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 7:56 PM

FEATURED: Cooperatives distribute over Rwf1 billion to members during lockdown

Until the first week of May 2020 over Rwf1.4 billion was distributed among more than 494,500 members belonging to 1,078 cooperatives during the COVID-19 lockdown, data from the Rwanda Cooperative Agency (RCA) indicate. In an effort to avoid the spread of coronavirus, the Government ordered a...

Monday, May 11, 2020, 12:00 AM

COVID-19: Unpacking Rwanda’s new social distancing guidelines

The Government of Rwanda has issued a raft of guidelines intended to curb the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019-COVID-19 after it eased the lockdown on Monday, May 4, 2020 to allow a substantial number of businesses to reopen. Under such guidelines to mitigate COVID-19,...

Tuesday, May 5, 2020, 5:40 PM

New measures rolled out to ensure social distancing on public buses

Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) has issued a set of measures intended to curb the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 – COVID-19 in public passenger transport vehicles by ensuring fewer passengers in a vehicle. The regulator announced on May 4, 2020, that in a bid...

Monday, May 4, 2020, 11:41 AM

Labour union advocates for unemployment benefits

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to weaken the economy forcing some companies to lay off employees, a labour union has proposed the establishment of an unemployment benefits scheme in Rwanda. The suggestion comes one day ahead of the International Labour Day on Friday, May 1, 2020...

Thursday, April 30, 2020, 11:20 PM

All you need to know about Remdesivir, the potential drug for COVID-19

A clinical trial of Remdesivir, an experimental drug that has raised hopes for the treatment of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 – COVID-19 has suggested that it can shorten its patients’ recovery period. Health experts in various parts of the world have argued that the results...

Thursday, April 30, 2020, 2:56 PM

Govt moves to cushion poultry farmers from losses amid COVID-19 lockdown

Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB), and the National Early Childhood Development Programme (NECDP) Tuesday, April 28, issued guidelines on  provision of eggs to vulnerable children. The instructions are based on a resolution of a Cabinet meeting held on April 24, which decided that...

Wednesday, April 29, 2020, 2:41 PM

How Rwanda is delivering justice during lockdown

At around 10 am on Friday, April 24, a foreign national appeared in a room at Kicukiro Police Station in Kigali to stand trial through videoconferencing. He was accompanied by his lawyer and interpreter. All were wearing facemasks, a requirement introduced by the Government as part of...

Monday, April 27, 2020, 7:01 AM

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