Tuesday 23 January 2018
(The Associated Press 08/29/17)
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) -- Residents in Rwanda's capital say seven people have been killed by crocodiles on the banks of Nyabarongo River this month. Donata Mukanyana, a mother of six children, said her husband was taken last week by a crocodile while trying to draw water from Nyabarongo River in Kigali's Nyarugenge district. Amid a prolonged dry spell, residents from Nyarugenge and Kamonyi districts are increasingly depending on Nyabarongo waters for domestic use. Marie Rose Mureshyankwano, governor of Rwanda's Southern Province, confirmed the deaths and said the government is working to extend clean water supply...
(Xinhuanet 08/29/17)
Rwandan and Tanzanian traders under their respective private sector bodies on Monday expressed concerns over barriers to free trade in both countries in Rwanda's capital city Kigali. The requirement of work permits for clearing and forwarding agents was a bottleneck to set up offices in Tanzania's capital Dar es Salaam, said Rwandans working in Tanzania at a business forum that brought together 15-member delegation from the Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) and their Rwandan counterparts. Other bottlenecks include denial of Rwandan trucks from transporting agriculture products from Tanzania and less migration working hours, they said. The meeting was convened to identify policy and regulatory restrictions limiting free
(Al-Monitor 08/29/17)
With the objective of advancing his country's interests in the African continent, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi paid visits to Tanzania, Rwanda, Chad and Gabon on Aug. 14-17. The agenda included issues related to Egyptian national security, most prominently the Nile water dossier, and the military and technical support in countering terrorism in West Africa. Sisi's visits carried messages from the Egyptian political administration, most notably among them that Egypt intends to provide Chad and Gabon with immeasurable military and security support, in terms of capacity building and export of military equipment. This is in addition to Egypt’s desire to address the water issue indirectly by prompting the upstream countries to resort to other energy sources, such as wind energy...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/29/17)
Europe’s “big four” continental powers and three African states agreed a plan on Monday to tackle illegal human trafficking and support nations struggling to contain the flow of people across the desert and Mediterranean sea. The 28-nation European Union has long struggled to reach a coherent answer to the influx of migrants fleeing war, poverty and political upheaval in the Middle East and Africa, and the crisis is testing cooperation between member states. After hosting the leaders of Germany, Italy, Spain, Chad, Niger and Libya, French President Emmanuel Macron said it was time for greater coordination. “We must all act together - from the source countries to Europe and passing by the transit countries, especially Libya - to be efficient,”...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/28/17)
KIGALI, (Reuters) - Rwanda’s Bank of Kigali plans to raise $60 million-$100 million by next year to expand its business and could list shares on an overseas bourse as part of the plan, its chief executive officer said. Diane Karusisi told Reuters that Rwanda’s biggest bank was considering a listing on the Johannesburg, Nairobi or London stock exchanges. “If we cross-list, a portion of this $60 million to $100 million will be issued in other exchange market but most probably we will issue rights here locally,” Karusisi said on Sunday. “We want to raise the capital to grow the bank,” she said, without providing more details. The bank will announce its final decisions on the capital raising before the end...
(The Independent 08/28/17)
President Paul Kagame on Aug.18 pledged to work for Rwandans with pride and honour as he made his inauguration speech at Amahoro National Stadium in the country’s capital, Kigali. The major highlight of the inauguration, which came 14 days after Kagame won the Aug.4 polls with nearly 99 percent, was that over 19 heads of states mostly from the African continent attended. “Today is a day of celebration and a day to thank each of you,” President Kagame said during his inauguration speech, “The presence of so many brothers & sisters from around Africa honours our nation deeply and gives us strength. We thank you. Africa has been with Rwanda when we needed you most.” Among the Africans leaders who...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/28/17)
Getting Europe’s migrant crisis under control will be in focus at a summit of Europe’s “big four” continental powers and three African nations in Paris on Monday, with French President Emmanuel Macron seeking concrete action. The 28-nation European Union has struggled to agree on a coherent answer to the influx of migrants fleeing war, poverty and political upheaval in the Middle East and Africa, and the crisis is testing cooperation between member states. Over the summer, Macron sought to take the initiative on managing the flow of migrants crossing the Mediterranean from Libya, mainly into Italy. He proposed hotspots in Africa to handle asylum requests. The viability of such centers was questioned by European and African allies and on Monday...
(The New Times 08/25/17)
The wish of vast majority of Rwandans and friends of Rwanda prevailed when President Paul Kagame was last week inaugurated for another seven year term. It was a long and emotional journey that started with millions of petitions, a referendum, celebration-style campaigns and climaxed with a colourful inauguration. Unlike the 2010 inauguration, which was by all means ordinary, this was very extra ordinary and emotive and for many good reasons. First, this was a term requested by Rwandans and for Rwandans for what President Kagame has delivered to them in an unorthodox manner, and in the most difficult environment for any leader and so this was an inauguration...
(The New Times 08/25/17)
Rwanda and Liberia on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to facilitate cooperation in improving tax administration. The MoU was signed between Rwanda Revenue Authority and Liberia Revenue Authority. During the signing ceremony, Richard Tusabe, the Commissioner General of RRA, said the MoU will guide both sides in various areas of cooperation notably exchange of information, tax law reforms, capacity building and monitoring dynamics in international taxation. “Rwanda and Liberia will be able to establish mechanisms through which we can share information on business that operates or come to both countries for the purpose of transit or destination for successful but legitimate
(The New Times 08/24/17)
Over the last 20 years, Rwanda International Trade Fair has grown by leaps and bounds becoming a strategic platform through which major businesses from around the world have penetrated the Rwandan market. The annual exhibition, the largest in the country, is organised by Private Sector Federation in partnership with the Ministry of Trade Industry and East African Community affairs. Many foreign exhibitors that first came to Rwanda through the annual exhibition have since set up shop in the country. Aware of this, Private Sector Federation has stepped up efforts to promote the event beyond Rwandan borders, encouraging foreign businesses to come and showcase their products but also consider investing in the country...
(The New Times 08/24/17)
Databases of some 230 young Indian technologies engaged in more than 26 value chains are ready for acquisition by Rwandan entrepreneurs and business start-ups, officials have revealed. An Indian technology-led business delegation, India-Rwanda Innovation Growth Programme (IRIGP), has announced that up to 500 Indian firms will be interlinked with local start-ups as they set up shop in the country. IRIGP, an initiative that seeks to foster and strengthen bilateral relations based on science, technology and innovation, was announced on February 20 during the visit to Rwanda of Indian vice-president Hamid Ansari. Speaking during an IGIGP stakeholder cocktail in Kigali on Tuesday, Munish Gupta, the advisor for the programme...
(The New Times 08/24/17)
As the annual Rwanda International Trade Fair (RITF) enters the third day today, exhibitors are optimistic the number of showgoers will increase following low turn up during the first two days of the event. When The New Times visited the showground at Gikondo, yesterday, some exhibitors were still trying to complete their stalls while others were doing their best to entice the few customers around, giving them brochures and explaining how their products work. However, exhibitors interviewed by this newspaper said the attendance would pick up, especially over the weekend - Friday to Sunday - adding that the event is for two weeks. Abdel Naser, the chief executive of Egyptian House, said: "Few people are buying and since the expo...
(Quartz 08/24/17)
Zipline, a Californian drone-delivery startup that has been delivering blood to Rwandan clinics since October, announced today that it’s expanding its operations into neighboring Tanzania. This is an ambitious expansion from a company that has only been in operation a few months: At 364,900 square miles, Tanzania is roughly 35 times larger than Rwanda. Once Zipline is fully up and running in the country in early 2018, it expects to be able to make 2,000 deliveries per day to over 1,000 health facilities in Tanzania. CEO Keller Rinaudo told Quartz that Zipline has flown more than 1,400 flights—over 60,000 miles—to deliver 2,600 units of blood so far in Rwanda. Zipline’s existing service in Rwanda works a lot like an Uber...
(Bloomberg 08/24/17)
Every African nation that’s sold dollar debt now has at least one junk rating, but it would be hard to tell by looking at the bond market. The average yield on sovereign Eurobonds in Africa has hovered near the lowest level in two years this month, according to a Standard Bank Group Ltd. index, even after Moody’s Investors Service cut Namibia to below investment grade on Aug. 11. The world’s biggest producer of marine diamonds had been the continent’s only dollar-bond issuer without a junk rating. A low interest rate environment in the developed world has encouraged investors to look past the problems plaguing African economies, including low commodity prices, dollar shortages in some of them and rising political tension...
(The New Times 08/23/17)
Interesting that Dr Peter Woeste, the German ambassador in Kigali, now – it seems – wants to question the decision of his country’s courts to extradite Mr. Twagiramungu to have his day in court regarding well-founded suspicions of his engaging in mass murder as part of his involvement in the Genocide against the Tutsi. The envoy’s intemperate public intervention seems to point to the inability of some in the West to recognise a unique feature of Rwanda’s post-Genocide reconciliation; the ability to convince Genocide survivors and the kin of victims to forgive the killers of their loved ones and their murderous hunters of yester-year in order to give a chance for our society to heal its torn fabric and re-unite...
(Xinhuanet 08/23/17)
China is dedicated to enhancing its cooperation with Africa in human resource development through knowledge and technology transfer, a Chinese diplomat said Tuesday. Liu Tao, Charge d'Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Ethiopia, made the remarks at the Chinese Government Training Program Fellowship Reception in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. He said China, since the year 2000, has sent over 2,000 agricultural experts and over 7,000 medical personnel to Africa, and has trained more than 80,000 Africans from more than 50 countries. China has pledged that it would, in three years, train 200,000 technicians and provide 40,000 training opportunities in China, and will offer 30,000 government scholarships, he said. Stating that 1,100 Ethiopian candidates are invited this year to attend short-term...
(The New Times 08/22/17)
To get to where Rwanda is now – a development trajectory we have wrested out of the clutches of neo-colonial control and that we ourselves finally own — we had to traverse a veritable Valley of the Shadow of Death abetted by the close allies of those who have been engaged in vicious media attacks against Rwanda! In that context, Dr Richared Sezibera’s view that we have been confronted with an arrogance reflective of the ‘soft bigotry of lowered expectations’ is way too mild. It has nothing with mere passive expectations but more actively working to ensure Africa should have no expectations at all; that we must remain under their tutelage in order for them to continue to control and...
(The New Times 08/22/17)
The lawmakers were generally in agreement that the Government had done exceptionally well over the years but shared different views on areas they thought need special attention to accelerate economic development and urgently improve people's welfare. President Paul Kagame's inauguration on Friday paved the way for the formation of the next government. The law requires the Head of State to pick his next cabinet within 30 days from the day of the Presidential Oath. With the country inching ever so closer to its Vision 2020 targets, efforts are already underway to develop another comprehensive economic blueprint to help accelerate national development in the medium- and long-term. The Government has said it is laying the groundwork for what has been dubbed...
(BBC News Africa 08/22/17)
Rwanda's Football Association (Ferwafa) is preparing to finalise its bid to host the 2019 Under-17 World Cup. The Ferwafa president Vincent Nzamwita insists the country is capable of hosting a tournament of such a stature. "We have already submitted a formal request to Fifa to host the event and they have registered us and sent bid documents," Nazamwita told BBC Sport. "We have a dateline of 25 August to send the terms and agreement to Fifa and later start preparing the bid." Nzamwita said hosting a tournament like the World Cup will raise the profile of not only Rwanda but the region and continent as well. Last year Rwanda hosted a successful Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) which saw a over...
(Others 08/22/17)
Vincent 'Deguale' Nzamwita, President of the FA, told KweséESPN at the Kigali International Airport that they feel they have what it takes to host a tournament of such a stature. "We have what it takes to host the event and bring other countries from around the world to come and appreciate what we have in Rwanda," said Nzamwita. "We are bidding to host the Under 17 World Cup. We have already submitted a formal request to FIFA to host the event and they have registered us and sent bid documents. "We have a deadline of August 25th to send the terms and agreement to FIFA and later start preparing the bid," he added. Nzamwita said hosting a tournament like the...

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