Fred Nkusi

What makes Rwanda's investment climate conducive?

Investment climate in any country evolves as society does. Since the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, Rwanda has toiled hard to make its investment climate as favourable as possible. It’s not a single factor that determines the typology of an investment climate, but rather an amalgamation of...

Monday, January 25, 2016, 12:00 AM

Is the 'right to be forgotten' important?

Prior to the advent of modern technology, the possibility of eluding our history was more likely, but after the advent of the internet, our mailboxes, social media and online archives serve as perpetual extensions to our fallible memories. Today, information is no longer lost, even if it would not...

Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 12:00 AM

Four biggest success stories in 2015

The year 2015 came to and end and we are almost a fortnight into 2016; I would like to take this opportunity to reflect on some of the major success stories as seen in the media. The relevance of this reflection is either to credit some of the impressive strides or successes made or to discredit...

Monday, January 11, 2016, 12:00 AM

Why Open Government Data is vitally important

Recently, the Global Open Data Index 2015 ranked Rwanda as the most available government open data in Africa, elevated to 44th in 2015 from 74th in 2014. Indeed, this is one of the most remarkable achievements in recent years. As one reads this simple piece three obvious questions may arise: what...

Monday, January 4, 2016, 12:00 AM

Can AU deploy peacekeepers without Burundi's consent?

Following the authorisation for the deployment of an African Union peacekeeping mission, known as ‘African Prevention and Protection Mission in Burundi (MAPROBU)’, to halt ongoing humanitarian catastrophe, Burundian lawmakers scoffed at the decision and subsequently voted against this...

Monday, December 28, 2015, 12:00 AM

What is the catalyst for Rwanda's superb standing?

Just over a week ago, the United Nations’ Human Development Report marked its 25th anniversary in a ceremony that was held in Ethiopia. Despite Rwanda’s horrific event of 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, it emerged as one of the most progressive countries in the world. According to the...

Monday, December 21, 2015, 12:00 AM

Agreement on climate change adopted, but non-legally binding

As all eyes were on Paris on a new global agreement on climate change, it has ultimately been approved by nearly 200 countries. The agreement is aimed exclusively at reducing greenhouses gas emissions to avoid threat of global warming due to human activities. More specifically, the agreement...

Monday, December 14, 2015, 12:00 AM

AU and the moral crusade against child marriage

Nearly a fortnightago, the African Union launched its first-ever ‘African Girl’s Summit on Ending Child marriage’ which was held in Lusaka, Zambia. The objective of the summit was to examine the abhorrent impact of child marriage on the continent. Cultural norms were empathised as...

Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 12:00 AM

Coalition airstrikes won't flush out ISIS

Following the November 13 Paris attack, with France seemingly spearheading the fight against ‘Islamic State’ (ISIS) in Syria and Iraq, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 2249 (2015) calling upon member states to take ‘all necessary measures...

Thursday, December 3, 2015, 12:00 AM

Doing Business isn’t about less regulation but better regulation

A week ago, following the release of the latest Doing Business Report (DBR) by the World Bank, government officials met with the World Bank group in charge of Doing Business and discussed the report. Among the topics discussed was the change of methodology applied in the latest ranking, and more...

Wednesday, November 25, 2015, 12:00 AM

Burundi: How many must die before intervention?

As is well known, the current state of volatility in Burundi was fairly and squarely sparked off by President Pierre Nkurunziza’s run for a controversial third term in office. The crisis that followed has been characterized by senseless killings, torture and unwarranted imprisonments of...

Monday, November 16, 2015, 12:00 AM

Global cooperation in fighting cross-border cybercrime is not optional but a necessity

According to the recently concluded Conference on “Interpol 2020: Policing Global Threats in a Dynamic Environment” organised by Rwanda National Police (RNP), the delegates discussed and resolved to cooperate globally in order to effectively curb cross-border crime such as terrorism,...

Monday, November 9, 2015, 12:00 AM

The principle of confidentiality in journalism is a delicate balance

One ofthe constitutive features of a democratic state is the state that embraces fundamental rights and freedoms, among others, the freedom of expression, including the protection of journalistic confidentiality sources. Across the world a free press depends on the free flow of information from...

Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 12:00 AM

When the right to privacy finally got global attention

As I was reading about the recent appointment of Prof. Joseph Cannataci, of the University of Malta, by the UN Human Rights Council as the first Special Rapporteur on privacy, I realized that the right to privacy in the digital age might die out if nothing urgent is done at global level. For the...

Monday, October 26, 2015, 12:00 AM

Spanish top court quashed arrest warrants against 40 Rwandans: What can we say?

On October 6, the Spanish Supreme Court ultimately quashed arrest warrants against 40 Rwandan officials. The ruling had long been awaited. To Rwandans, obviously, it is a breath of fresh air. Indeed, I have no hint of doubt that the court ruling captivated a smiling welcome. But, what...

Monday, October 19, 2015, 12:00 AM

Can Internet intermediaries be enlisted in fighting cyber-crime?

The role of internet intermediaries – to connect us to the internet to be able to interact and transmit text messages to our people and friends – has been one of the most fascinating advantages of new information technology. In particular, internet has tremendously revolutionalised...

Monday, October 12, 2015, 12:00 AM

Implementation of SDGs must go hand in hand with environmental sustainability

On September 27, the UN High-Level Sustainable Development Summit adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that replaced Millennium Development Goals. The SDGs are intended to be universal in the sense of embodying a universally shared common goal towards a safe, just and sustainable space...

Monday, October 5, 2015, 12:00 AM

Why reinstatement of Burkina Faso’s interim leader is a victory for Pan-Africanism

On September 23, Burkina Faso’s interim President, Michel Kafando, was formally reinstated following a military coup carried out by presidential guards, the loyalists of the former President Blaise Compaore. Immediately after the coup, African Union (AU) took the leading role in condemning...

Monday, September 28, 2015, 12:00 AM

How EAC can curb cyber crime

The advent of the internet with the ever increasing number of internet users globally creates a broader attack surface, new attack vectors and more endpoints of entry, including social engineering methods, for criminals to exploit, making endpoint security even more important. Today, one cannot...

Monday, September 21, 2015, 12:00 AM

Why Rwanda needs a law on data protection

Protection of data privacy is one of the most pressing issues in the contemporary digital age. To begin with, data protection law refers to the legal framework governing the collection, holding, processing, disclosure and transfer of individuals’ personal information online and offline. Due...

Monday, September 7, 2015, 12:00 AM

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