Kenyan candidate for WTO top job pledges to double intra-Africa trade

Amina Mohamed, the Kenyan candidate for the position of Director General at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has promised to advance an open trading system once given the mandate. She made this promise while addressing a virtual meeting with East African Community business leaders this week...

Friday, September 11, 2020, 10:43 AM

Wildlife population in decline due to human destruction—report

Wildlife populations have fallen by more than two-thirds in less than 50 years, according to a major report by the conservation group WWF. According to the Living Planet Report 2020, biodiversity – the rich diversity of life on Earth – is being lost at an alarming rate...

Thursday, September 10, 2020, 8:52 PM

How new city master plan brings social inclusion and flexibility in construction

The new City of Kigali master plan launched on September 4, brings flexibility in building and also enhances social inclusion, among others, an urban planner has told The New Times. The master plan, Marie-Solange Muhirwa, an Architect and Chief Urban Planner of the City of Kigali...

Thursday, September 10, 2020, 12:19 PM

Regional electronic cargo tracking system launched

The launch of a regional electronic cargo and driver tracking system which had been slated to take place mid last month and later postponed was launched virtually on Tuesday, September 8. It is one of the measures introduced by the East African Community to prevent further spread of...

Tuesday, September 8, 2020, 11:21 AM

Rwanda to explore making fertilizers from methane gas

Rwanda is weighing up options of exploiting methane gas in Lake Kivu for agriculture purposes by making fertilisers from the resource, according to the Ministry of Infrastructure. While the country currently uses the odourless, colourless, flammable gas primarily for electricity generation, a...

Friday, September 4, 2020, 1:00 PM

Rwandan tea sells at premium rate at Mombasa auction

Due to its higher quality, Rwanda’s tea sold at a premium at the Mombasa Tea Auction last week, overshadowing price offers on Kenyan produce. Mombasa is the second-largest black tea auction centre in the world after Colombo, Sri-Lanka. The price of the best Rwandan tea (Gisovu) stood at...

Thursday, September 3, 2020, 12:34 PM

Electricity production from Gisagara peat-fuelled plant begins next year

The peat power plant under construction in Gisagara District, is expected to start production by April 2021, an official in charge of national power projects has said. The project, launched in 2017, is expected to increase national energy production capacity by up to 40 per cent. “...

Wednesday, September 2, 2020, 9:00 AM

Rusesabagina faces terrorism, murder charges

Paul Rusesabagina, an alleged denier of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, and leader of a terrorist group responsible for civilian deaths in Rwanda, was on Monday, August 31, paraded before the media in the capital Kigali. According to the Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB),...

Monday, August 31, 2020, 12:02 PM

AfDB official roots for investments in water, sanitation to tackle Covid-19 like pandemics

African water and sanitation projects are critical to preparedness for Covid-19-like pandemics, according to Wambui Gichuri, the Acting Vice President, Agriculture, Human and Social Development and Director, Water Development and Sanitation at the African Development Bank. Gichuri is pushing for...

Friday, August 28, 2020, 2:29 PM

Newly re-elected AfDB President focused on helping Africa tackle Covid-19

Helping Africa battle smart and defeat the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is one of the missions of Nigeria's Akinwumi Adesina, 60, following his re-election as the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) for a second five-year term, on Thursday, August 27. The election took place...

Friday, August 28, 2020, 11:55 AM

Adesina re-elected AfDB President

Nigeria’s Akinwumi Adesina on Thursday, August 27, was re-elected as the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) for a second five-year term. The election took place electronically at the virtual annual general meeting of the bank. The Nigerian’s reappointment at the helm...

Thursday, August 27, 2020, 6:52 PM

AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina seeks second term

African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina on Wednesday, August 27, made a case for his re-election as head of the institution, saying that he wanted to fulfil “his sense of duty and commitment.” During a virtual session at the start of the Bank’s 2020 Annual...

Thursday, August 27, 2020, 11:02 AM

Rwanda seeks extradition of Genocide suspect Aloys Ntiwiragabo

Kigali is "hoping" that authorities in France arrest and extradite a top Genocide suspect recently found to be living there. This comes after a French newspaper, Mediapart, recently revealed the presence in France of Col Aloys Ntiwiragabo, a mastermind of the 1994 Genocide against the...

Thursday, August 27, 2020, 10:47 AM

Africa declared free of wild poliovirus

The independent Africa Regional Certification Commission (ARCC) for Polio Eradication on Tuesday, August 25, declared Africa as free of wild poliovirus. This was confirmed Tuesday morning as African Health Ministers met virtually to discuss critical health issues during the 70th session of the...

Tuesday, August 25, 2020, 2:49 PM

Covid-19 'lingo': Breaking down the most used phrases, words

Confused about some of the words floating around in the midst of the ongoing Covid-19 health crisis? By and large, how we talk nowadays is influenced by the new Coronavirus disease with new words associated with the disease now commonplace. But some people don't grasp the meaning and context...

Monday, August 24, 2020, 6:06 PM

Ebola cases on rise in western DR Congo

As the world continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, reports indicate that the number of cases of Ebola in western DR Congo has reached 100, a nearly two-fold increase in a little over five weeks. The World Health Organisation (WHO) said in a statement that the latest Ebola...

Monday, August 24, 2020, 11:02 AM

Commissioning of AfCFTA Secretariat signals Africa’s new sense of urgency

During the official commissioning and handing over of the African Continental Free Trade Area Secretariat (AfCFTA) building in Accra last week, Ghanaian President Akufo-Addo reiterated the importance of the body to Africa's economic transformation agenda. During a Summit of AU Heads of...

Sunday, August 23, 2020, 7:05 PM

Genocide survivors petition French publishing house over toxic book

Genocide survivors in France have launched an online petition calling on a publishing house there not to go ahead and publish a book denying the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, in Rwanda. The French version of the book, “In Praise of Blood” authored by the Canadian Judi Rever is due...

Friday, August 21, 2020, 10:53 AM

Rwandan SMEs tipped on textiles market in DR Congo- Report

Rwanda is the largest exporter of textiles from the region to the DR Congo but Rwandan SMEs in this line of business ought to explore this business line for expansion and diversification. The study titled “The Opportunities for trade in the Democratic Republic of Congo” was launched...

Wednesday, August 19, 2020, 5:34 PM

Regional business body to explore opportunities in DR Congo

In light of the DR Congo’s interest in joining the East African Community (EAC), the East African Business Council is undertaking a study on the opportunities for trade in the vast neighbouring country "to increase knowledge on trade opportunities" mainly for SMEs in the...

Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 10:48 AM

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