Matsiko Kahunga

Anti-microbial resistance: We each have a role to play to stop it

As part of marking World Pharmacist Day, the Rwanda Community Pharmacist Union (RCPU) organised a three-day symposium that coincided with their third annual conference. And the organisers of the symposium/conference could not have chosen a better theme for the event: anti-microbial...

Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 10:56 PM

Goddess Rose is subordinate to goddess Eva: Rwanda is on the right course

It is a sunny Saturday afternoon and a convoy of buses is snaking its way past Muhanga, full of excited school pupils from Kamegeri, Southern Province. It is the last day of their 4-day study visit to Kigali and each one wants to outdo the others in narrating their experience of the city and its...

Monday, June 18, 2018, 11:34 PM

Brexit: Britain will emerge the winner

It is still a hot debate at workplaces and other social spaces. But when all is settled, Britain will emerge even stronger from her exiting the European Union. You see, as Prof. Yash Tandon argued recently, the Empire is still alive and kicking as of old. The Commonwealth, that grouping of...

Wednesday, August 3, 2016, 12:00 AM

MasterCard Foundation initiative is a challenge to corporate East Africa

A big garnishing of the Carnegie Mellon University Rwanda graduation ceremony 2016 was the announcement of yet another milestone: the MasterCard Foundation Scholarship Programme for engineering students in Africa.  This is valued at $10.8 million over seven years, benefitting 125 engineering...

Thursday, June 23, 2016, 12:00 AM

WEF Africa 2016: What is in it for Rwanda and Africa?

The month of May 2016 opens on a high note for Rwanda. The country is hosting the African chapter of the World Economic Forum, dubbed WEF Africa 2016. That Rwanda was chosen to host this high level international event sends out a strong signal both to the delegates and the world, but, most...

Saturday, May 7, 2016, 12:00 AM

Eliminating Caguwa: The buck stops with regional governments

In the latest effort geared at eliminating used clothes and leather products choking regional economies, the East African Community Heads of State recently directed the EAC Secretariat to work out measures that will see importation of secondhand clothes, locally known as caguwa, and related goods...

Thursday, March 17, 2016, 12:00 AM

Branding: The secret to growing 'Made-in-Rwanda'

Matsiko Mahunga “...mu cyongereza, inzovu yitwa Nakumatt…,” remarked Jacques as we talked about elephants on entering Akagera National Park a few weeks back. Jacques’ innocence reveals the potence and power of branding. That Jacques sees ‘Nakumatt’ in every image of an elephant means that the...

Tuesday, March 1, 2016, 12:00 AM

Used cars: Age limit and tropicalisation are the most effective criteria

Matsiko Kahunga  Media reports that the EAC bloc is moving to increase taxes on used vehicles have drawn mixed reactions. With the justification being to reduce the impact of used car exhaust fumes, the measure would yield positive results under normal circumstances.  However, the reality of...

Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 12:00 AM

Intra-regional trade challenges: Rules of origin are a scapegoat

Matsiko Kahunga  While While the dialogue of the EAC/COMESA/SADC (East African Community/Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa/Southern African Development Community) private sector proceeded with the usual jargon-laden international trade lingo in Kigali recently, all the time, energy...

Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 12:00 AM

The fourth industrial revolution: Is Africa getting it wrong?

Matsiko Kahunga I had just tapped the last full-stop on a deadlined document, when a bleep on my phone sent me to a log-in on the laptop. And for the next 30 or so minutes, I was engaged by four ‘trending’ stories of the day (according to me).  In the wake of the World Economic Forum focus on...

Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 12:00 AM

CHAN 2016: Lessons for MICE and domestic tourism

Matsiko Kahunga  Born and raised in Umutara, Chantal was no less a visitor to Uwinkingi, Nyamagabe District than the Kenyan members of our team, as we collected field data some months back. She was equally awed by the scenic beauty of the area as was Chris, the Kenyan, who vowed work hard and...

Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 12:00 AM

What has your being young and educated delivered to the people of Rwanda?

We followed it keenly as any other stakeholder. The two-day 13th edition of the Rwanda National Dialogue, Umushyikirano 2015, found us in the middle of a data entry exercise, with three of the team members leading very animated arguments. Solange, the ‘speaker’ leading the dialogue...

Tuesday, January 5, 2016, 12:00 AM

Why resource-based industrial devt provides the springboard for our economic takeoff

Reacting to my opinion published in The New Times Tuesday, December 15 about industrialisation in the EAC, my high school classmate (now a big man in Kigali) argued that the future is in hi-tech, not growing potatoes. Yet this is where the future of our economies lies. Potatoes. And no better an...

Tuesday, December 22, 2015, 12:00 AM

Northern Corridor implementation missing two key ingredients

It was a great inspiration watching the young female ICT innovators, demonstrate their application to the presidents and delegates during the recently concluded Northern Corridor Summit in Kigali. This was one of the many highlights of the Summit. The onus now falls on the regional governments to...

Tuesday, December 15, 2015, 12:00 AM

Used goods: Regional efforts are the way out

OnWednesday November 25, 2015 The New Times carried a brain-pricking headline about used leather products. It quotes Trade and Industry Minister, Francois Kanimba announcing hefty tax increment as a means of curbing the dumping of used leather products into the Rwanda. This commendable initiative...

Tuesday, December 1, 2015, 12:00 AM

East Africa: Learning from Germany & Singapore takes more than aping education practices

Last month on September 30, The New Times (Rwanda) reported that the East African Community (EAC) resolved to benchmark education practices from Singapore and Germany. On the same day, Uganda’s The Observer published a treatise by Ugandan sage, Justice Patrick Tabaro, about the genesis and...

Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 12:00 AM

Entrepreneurship: Do we go SME or mega corporations?

Matsiko Kahunga In the heat of the job and employment debate as universities churn out graduates, two interesting schools stand out: the improvisation school, and the developmental state school. The former has become the pet subject for virtually everyone advising fresh graduates and other...

Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 12:00 AM

Time Pan-Africanism focused more on economic liberation

As East Africa gears up for the ‘revival’ of the Pan-African spirit, we may want to stop and reflect beyond the pomp, animated speeches, slogans and the accompanying hype. Kigali last Saturday, on August 8, witnessed the launch of the Pan-African Movement Rwanda (PAM-Rwanda), while...

Friday, August 14, 2015, 12:00 AM

What EAC companies must do to partake of the integration projects

Matsiko Kahunga In the wake of the impending Northern Corridor project implementation, the private sector in the region has rightly expressed their readiness and willingness to participate in offering services at the various levels of input. First, it was the East African Business Council (...

Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 12:00 AM

Eliminating counterfeits: Laws alone not enough

To stem the ever-rising threat of counterfeit products on the East African Community (EAC) market, governments in the bloc are enacting tough laws and stringent measures against those importing and dealing in counterfeit products.  Legislation at the EAC secretariat, for example, seeks to...

Tuesday, June 2, 2015, 12:00 AM

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