Paul Ntambara

Chinese investment has boosted Africa’s sustainable development

Statistics provide strong evidence that it’s groundless to say China is “pillaging” Africa and increasing debt burden in the region, according to Liu Qinghai, a Chinese expert who has been engaged in the research on China’s investment to Africa and African economy for many...

Friday, July 20, 2018, 8:02 PM

Chinese investment boosts Africa’s sustainable development

Statistics provide strong evidence that it’s groundless to say China is “pillaging” Africa and increasing debt burden in the region, according to Liu Qinghai, a Chinese expert who has been engaged in the research on China’s investment to Africa and African economy for many...

Friday, July 20, 2018, 10:03 AM

China-Africa cooperation is mutually beneficial

The cooperation between Africa and China is a great success in international cooperation. As the traditional friendship between China and Africa becomes stronger and stronger, there is all indication that China-Africa cooperation shall be more forward-looking. This cooperation is widely regarded...

Friday, July 20, 2018, 12:08 AM

China-Africa cooperation is mutually beneficial

The cooperation between Africa and China is a great success in international cooperation. As the traditional friendship between China and Africa becomes stronger and stronger, there is all indication that China-Africa cooperation shall be more forward-looking. This cooperation is widely regarded...

Thursday, July 19, 2018, 3:06 PM

Mutoni's long journey from Ruhango to Buckingham Palace

Growing up in five foster families after his entire nuclear family was decimated during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, never, in his wildest dreams did Jean d’Amour Mutoni envisage himself the man he has become today. If you met him in the streets of Manchester, clad his favourite blue...

Sunday, October 25, 2015, 12:00 AM

Today's tourist demands more, we can't afford to give less

Over the past ten months, I have had a rare opportunity to explore China’s vast territory. By air, water, road and train, I have criss-crossed this Gargantuan Country and learnt a lot about the nation and its people. The locals I have shared with about my experiences in China’s...

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 12:00 AM

Rwanda can sell fresh air to the world

The first time I read a story about the possibility of selling bottled fresh air in one of UK’s tabloids, I dismissed it as a foolish idea advanced by someone smoking something which is not cigarettes. I was wrong. Some countries are actually now selling fresh air. How this is done is very...

Saturday, October 4, 2014, 12:00 AM

An African journalist's experience in China

Ghanaians have a saying that goes: Ohoho aniwa soso nanso enhu hwee Ohoho. Loosely translated, it means that even though the eyes of a stranger are big, they cannot see anything. I came to realise the wisdom of this saying during my first few days in Beijing. Beijing can be an intimidating place...

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 12:00 AM

There is no end that justifies examination malpractice

The Niccolo Machiavelli saying ‘the end justifies the means’ is one phrase that has been used to satisfy divergent purposes. It has largely been interpreted to mean that the process doesn’t matter in the attainment of a desired ending. It has largely had negative connotations in...

Saturday, September 6, 2014, 12:00 AM

Lessons from the Far East

It is inconceivable the amount of news the world can generate in just one week. There is simply a lot happening in the world that keeping tabs with what is happening around the world is now considered as an art. And it is not like nothing much happened in the past, it’s the ease with which...

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 12:00 AM

Of the gigolos and the ‘get rich quick’ mirage

The journey of life is strewn with shocks and surprises, so they say. There is always a first time for everything but there is a ‘first’ that always sticks; the sweet memory or nightmare that lasts for a life time. I have experienced many ‘firsts’ in life but by the look of...

Friday, August 15, 2014, 12:00 AM

Thou shalt not sell alcohol to teenagers

I GREW up in a Christian family set up. As far as I can recall, Sunday was always a busy day in our rather large family. To ensure that home chores continue undisrupted, we took turns to attend mass at the nearby Catholic Church.  As an altar boy, I helped the priest break bread and pour the...

Friday, August 8, 2014, 12:00 AM

We need mindset change towards mass sports

LAST WEEK there was a cabinet reshuffle that saw nine new faces in the cabinet. One appointee though, was not quite new. Joseph Habineza made a return to a position he resigned from three years. Now ‘Joe’ is not your usual minister. He can be stern and casual in equal measure; a trait...

Saturday, August 2, 2014, 12:00 AM

We need mindset change towards mass sports

Last week there was a cabinet reshuffle that saw nine new faces in the cabinet. One appointee though, was not quite new. Joseph Habineza made a return to a position he resigned from three years. Now ‘Joe’ is not your usual minister. He can be stern and casual in equal measure; a trait...

Saturday, August 2, 2014, 12:00 AM

Haguma’s journey to success after surviving the Genocide

If you met Norbert Haguma on the streets of Beijing, you would mistake him for a student or businessman trying out his luck in the world’s second biggest economy. But there is more than meets the eye. His is a story about life and death. It’s a about staring death in the eye and living...

Monday, May 26, 2014, 12:00 AM

Living with the question “Are you Hutu or Tutsi?”

A MILLION column inches have been written about the 20th commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in these pages and the world media. There is nothing new or special in the articles, what is special is the motivation to keep the memory of Genocide alive, lest we forget.  This year...

Monday, May 5, 2014, 12:00 AM

Rwanda-China trade grows by 50% to $240m

China has become Africa’s largest trade partner, and Africa is now China’s major import source. It is also the second-largest overseas construction project contract market and fourth-largest investment destination. Paul Ntambara caught up with Chen Hao, the Chinese Ministry of...

Monday, March 24, 2014, 12:00 AM

Africa doesn’t need tied aid, says Chinese official

Rwanda is exploring a development path suited to its own national conditions, a way   that ensures national stability, unity and economic growth at the same time, Lu Shaye, the director-general in the Department of African Affairs of the Chinese Foreign Ministry said.  Lu, who this week...

Friday, March 21, 2014, 12:00 AM

Girubucuruzi could be a game changer for Kigali City’s poor

It is Ni Hao from here in Beijing. It has been over a fortnight now since yours truly moved here. What an opportune moment it has been to be in China during what is dubbed as the ‘political season.’ I have had the opportunity to follow proceedings of the just concluded 2nd session of...

Friday, March 14, 2014, 12:00 AM

With out-of-school rate down, let’s focus on quality

We will not make it! This is the dismal picture painted by the 2014 Education for All global (EFA) monitoring report, an independent publication commissioned by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).  The report documents progress made in achieving...

Thursday, January 30, 2014, 12:00 AM