A call for Made-in-Rwanda suppliers to understand what matters to buyers

If you are a keen follower of business affairs in Rwanda, then you know very well that the campaign to encourage Rwandans to buy Made-in-Rwanda products is at full throttle. In fact, several agreements between the Government and manufacturing investors have been signed, with Volkswagen being the...

Thursday, January 5, 2017, 12:00 AM

Let us enjoy responsibly during the festive season

Drinking alcohol and driving can be attributed to a large percentage of road accidents each year in many parts of the world. A poor choice and a bad judgement may not just affect your life once you get behind the wheel after drinking, but it could affect the lives of others in many ways that you...

Thursday, December 22, 2016, 12:00 AM

Umushyikirano: a good reminder that complacency is not an option

Think about it for a second: as Rwanda continues to register unprecedented progress in various political and socio-economic arenas, do you ever feel guilty of complacency where you get carried away with the current achievements and proceed to take your foot off the pedal and rest it on your desk...

Thursday, December 15, 2016, 12:00 AM

Good governance is a goal worth pursuing

While development economists like J.K Sundaram acknowledge that good governance is a worthy goal in the pursuit for economic development, they do not see it as a pre-requisite for development especially so when you consider the administrative and financial resources required.  In fact,...

Thursday, December 8, 2016, 12:00 AM

Must we be hauled into devt kicking and screaming?

George Bernard Shaw, the Anglo-Irish playwright once said: “progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” When you pick almost any book or article on change, you are guaranteed to find a section dedicated to dealing with change...

Thursday, December 1, 2016, 12:00 AM

LEADERSHIP: What makes an effective leader?

Ever since Athenian general and historian Thucydides wrote about the Peloponnesian war in his masterpiece, History of the Peloponnesian War, which set out to identify the reasons for Athens’ defeat in the 5th century BC war between Sparta and Athens, the subject of leadership has been the...

Thursday, November 24, 2016, 12:00 AM

Re-evaluating the education system

Most serious commentators agree that for a nation to develop sustainably and at a faster pace, at the very least, her people must be fully equipped with skills that match those needed in the marketplace in order to kick-start meaningful economic productivity. This claim is all more valid when the...

Thursday, November 17, 2016, 12:00 AM

Cutting through the unemployment debate

Some people out there are hurting. They are hurting, because unemployment – the inability to obtain a job when one is willing and able to work – is real and means the following: spending power on basic necessities decreases drastically, standards of living plummet, and in certain...

Thursday, November 3, 2016, 12:00 AM

Political will a key to success of South-South Cooperation

A reciprocal visit, several handshakes, a banquet, pen-to-paper, and boom; 23 bilateral agreements signed, sealed, and delivered.  The bilateral agreements signed last week between Morocco and Rwanda suggest that where there is a will, there is a way.  The political will by President...

Thursday, October 27, 2016, 12:00 AM

We must ease labour-market transition for our youth

Eighteen months ago, I wrote a piece rallying political leaders, business heavyweights, policymakers, and the civil society to prepare Rwanda’s next generation for the journey ahead; after all, today’s young people are the hope of Rwanda of tomorrow. Back then, I insisted that for a...

Thursday, October 20, 2016, 12:00 AM

The hospitality industry is rising, but are we keeping up with the opportunities?

If you have followed the hospitality industry in Rwanda lately, then you know that there is a real buzz about what is happening. New hotels are emerging; the national carrier, RwandAir, is expanding its fleet with state-of-the-art planes and even opening new operational routes to other continents;...

Thursday, October 13, 2016, 12:00 AM

Customer care at the centre of a service-oriented economy

Most of us have been there; that moment you walk into a restaurant, café, bank, or public office, and all you want is to receive a service that comes with some enthusiasm and with a little bit of dignity - after all, at the end of that encounter, your wallet is likely to weigh much less than...

Thursday, October 6, 2016, 12:00 AM

A tribute to our armed forces

Remarkable Rwanda, the land of a thousand hills, and the miracle of Africa, are some of the words used by both Rwandans and visitors to describe the beauty as well as the speedy transformation of our East African nation Rwanda. And I must say; I agree with each description – Rwanda is truly...

Thursday, September 29, 2016, 12:00 AM

Contribution of Rwandan Diaspora: Setting the record straight

If you have followed the wrangles on social media this week about the genuine contribution Rwandans in the diaspora make towards their homeland, you will have noticed a striking difference of opinion. On one hand, there are those who believe that the only way to contribute to developing one’...

Thursday, September 15, 2016, 12:00 AM

A growing middle-class will attract more investments

At the turn of the millennium The Economist magazine published a story under a headline: “Hopeless Africa” – the story framed Africa so hopeless that events of conflict in Sierra Leone, famine in Ethiopia, floods in Mozambique and Madagascar, and a troubled government in Zimbabwe...

Thursday, September 8, 2016, 12:00 AM

Rwandan football needs a dose of home-grown solutions

It is not easy being a fan of the Amavubi. Every time a new manager comes in, along comes a belief that this time around it will all come together. It never does. The new era comes, goes, and it is the same old story over again: sack the manager; replace him with a Rwandan on an interim basis;...

Thursday, August 25, 2016, 12:00 AM

Persistent question; are we doing enough to curb youth unemployment?

Two weeks ago, this paper reported that four cabinet ministers were quizzed by parliamentarians for failure to come up with “practical ways to help deal with the issue of unemployment among the youth.” The concerned ministers were Jean Philbert Nseingimana - Youth and ICT; Francois...

Thursday, August 18, 2016, 12:00 AM

Is political will the ultimate challenge to development?

Why is it that even though the African continent is abundantly gifted with natural resources, the continent continues to be home to many of the poorest nations on earth? More importantly, how is it possible that some similarly situated countries also on the continent have somehow managed to succeed...

Thursday, August 11, 2016, 12:00 AM

Accountability is a collective responsibility

When was the last time you put your local or national leader to task by asking them directly why a particular project or programme they are responsible for hasn’t delivered on its objectives? Looking back, for instance, have you ever sought to ask the minister responsible for the provision...

Thursday, August 4, 2016, 12:00 AM

Development is a pursuit without end

And there he was; Sir David Attenborough, arguably the greatest broadcaster and naturalist of our time, in the same room as I was this past Tuesday afternoon at the Rwanda High Commission in London. Here he was discussing conservation and wildlife efforts in Rwanda ahead of the annual...

Thursday, July 28, 2016, 12:00 AM

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