Women go slow on babies, seek work

AS GIRLS spend more time at school and women are busy with work, Rwanda has registered a sharp drop in fertility rates and the World Bank (WB) says this is good news for the country’s long-term development prospects. The total fertility rate among Rwandan women dropped from six children per...

Sunday, January 19, 2014, 12:00 AM

Railway will test tenacity of ‘coalition of the willing’

Most observers have backed Rwanda’s tripartite alliance with Uganda and Kenya as a good move but will it live up to the expectations? Everyone hopes so. Hopes aside, the answer will depend on whether the partners maintain the energy with which they have started implementing major agreements...

Sunday, January 12, 2014, 12:00 AM

Where are opportunities for exporters in 2014?

Rwanda's 1,294 exporters generally had good business year in 2013. They can do even better in 2014.  According to the Ministry of Trade monthly performance report for the first ten months of 2013, merchandise exports from both formal and informal trade accounted for $583.1 million, which was...

Sunday, January 12, 2014, 12:00 AM

Conflicts will scare away EAC’s new friend, China

WITH RENEWED bloody conflict in South Sudan and turbulence in DR Congo, both results of trigger happy politics, the region ended 2013 on a bad note.  If this approach to resolving issues persists into 2014, growth prospects could be in arroyo. While all five East African Community member...

Sunday, January 5, 2014, 12:00 AM

10 prominent persons who died in 2013

Certainly, most people lost a close or distant relative, a friend or even just a neighbour in 2013. Then there are people who died during the year whom you didn’t know personally, but whose demise saddened you. Kenneth Agutamba recounts 10 deaths, at home and beyond, that touched many hearts...

Sunday, January 5, 2014, 12:00 AM

Will solar deliver electricity “quickly, quickly?”

THE STATEMENT: “…I want electricity quickly, quickly,” by President Paul Kagame was probably the most loaded words, with a sense of urgency, to be made by the head of state during the year just ended. Made during the 2013 State of the Nation address, the statement underscores...

Sunday, January 5, 2014, 12:00 AM

Domestic tourism works for China, can work for EAC too

It’s hard to imagine that a single country can have more people than a whole continent, yet China easily puts this marvel to rest. With about 1.35bilion people, China is not only the World’s most populated country but also has population bigger than Africa’s estimated 1billion....

Sunday, December 29, 2013, 12:00 AM

Hanga Umurimo can be funded without bank loans

Trade Minister Francois Kanimba’s passion for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) is public knowledge, but he might end 2013 a disappointed man because of the halfhearted stance taken by local commercial banks towards funding Hanga Umurimo (create a job) project proposals. Apparently, only...

Sunday, December 29, 2013, 12:00 AM

Kalashnikov is dead, but AK47 rages on

Mikhail Kalashnikov, the man who designed the AK47 died a week before Christmas at the age of 94, but his creation is likely to remain a dominant force in Africa’s warfare. The AK47 has been in action since 1949 when it was officially accepted by the Soviet Armed Forces and at the time of...

Sunday, December 29, 2013, 12:00 AM

Will newspapers survive in world of new media?

Thomas E. Patterson, Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press at Harvard Kennedy School has a new book, Informing the News. It is a must read for journalists and newspaper managers. Christina Pazzanese, a staff writer with the Harvard Gazette who interviewed Patterson about the book, has...

Sunday, December 22, 2013, 12:00 AM

Then the law said: Let the people smoke weed!

Uruguay’s decision to legalise the planting, selling, buying and smoking of marijuana has drawn controversy worldwide. The distance between Kigali and Montevideo is approximately 9,550km, a safe enough gap for Rwandans, but unfortunately drug abuse is a global tragedy. The adoption of the...

Sunday, December 22, 2013, 12:00 AM

News literacy is way to survive raging info ‘tsunami’

During the first week of December, two important Americans, Howard Schneider and Richard Hornik attended a two-day news literacy symposium at Communication University of China in Beijing. Schneider is the dean, School of Journalism at Stony Brook University in New York while Hornik is director...

Sunday, December 15, 2013, 12:00 AM

Time for Africa to chart new economic path

The more cities I visit in China, the more I feel that something is terribly wrong with Africa’s experiment with western democracy and its capitalist development model.Dub me an impatient disparager if you like, but I believe we have been experimenting for too long without much success since...

Monday, December 9, 2013, 12:00 AM

Rwanda’s 20-year old mistake that won’t let Canadian senator sleep

A CANADIAN senator, Romeo Dallaire, recently dozed off while driving and crashed his car into a lamp stand while on his way to work.  Ordinarily, this is not news to an average Rwandan as most have crashed their cars or seen cars crash into one object or the other. It is simply not unusual....

Sunday, December 8, 2013, 12:00 AM

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