The antidote for COVID-19 is looking out for one another, Kagame tells Africans

The antidote for COVID-19 is looking out for one another, Kagame tells Africans

President Paul Kagame joined leaders across different sectors in celebrating Africa day, which marks  the founding of the Organisation of the African Union (OAU) – currently the African Union – and called for solidarity among the people of Africa. The formation of the OAU on May 25, 1963 marked the beginning of what would later be known as Africa Day. Kagame who addressed Africans virtually […]

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Rwanda unveils $11bn climate action plan

Rwanda unveils $11bn climate action plan

Rwanda has become the first African country to submit a new national climate plan, whose implementation requires $11 billion (10.2 trillion), as an essential tool to implement the Paris Agreement. The Paris Agreement, signed in 2015, aims to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius with an ambition to contain any increase at below 1.5 degrees. The updated pledges to fight climate change are being submitted […]

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National Budget: Economic recovery to take lion’s share

National Budget: Economic recovery to take lion’s share

The Government has said that it will spend the biggest share of the 2020-2021 budget to finance activities that will boost the economy as part of the broader plan to respond to the impact of COVID-19. The Budget Framework Paper which was presented to the lawmakers on Thursday May 21, prioritises activities that will accelerate the economy, including agriculture, private sector development and youth employment, […]

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Rwanda Space Agency to be operational in July

Rwanda Space Agency to be operational in July

A cabinet meeting held on Monday approved a draft law establishing the Rwanda Space Agency (RSA), signaling yet another step towards promoting advancement in earth observation technologies. Rwanda joins a few countries in Africa that have space agencies, including Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, South Africa, Angola, Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe. The new space agency is expected to be operational by July, according to the Ministry of […]

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Rwanda deploys robots in COVID-19 fight

Rwanda deploys robots in COVID-19 fight

The Government has launched the use of robots in the fight against COVID-19, in a move aimed at reducing contact between medics and patients. The move is expected to limit the risk of healthcare workers from contracting the virus. Launched on Tuesday, May 19 at the Kanyinya COVID-19 Treatment Centre by the Ministry of Health with support from the United Nations Development Programme, the five high-tech […]

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We are winning the battle against COVID-19 – expert

We are winning the battle against COVID-19 – expert

Health minister Dr Daniel Ngamije recently tweeted a graph showing the trend of local COVID-19 infections. This came at a time when almost all the new positive cases have been linked to cross-border truck drivers and their assistants. Graph showing incidence of Covid-19 in Rwanda since 12th March 2020. Rwanda intensified the fight against the global pandemic slightly over two months ago and the curve has been flattening for […]

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UN chief welcomes Félicien Kabuga’s arrest

UN chief welcomes Félicien Kabuga’s arrest

The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, on Saturday, May 16, welcomed the arrest of Félicien Kabuga, one of the leading architects of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, his spokesperson said in a statement. Kabuga, one of the world’s most wanted fugitives was arrested in Paris earlier on the same day, by French authorities as the result of a joint investigation with the International Residual Mechanism for […]

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Delivering on secondary cities’ potential in Rwanda: Understanding the existing challenges

Delivering on secondary cities’ potential in Rwanda: Understanding the existing challenges

Defeating the coronavirus pandemic is mostly about the strength of the public health response. However, it will need Rwandans to respond to the short and longer-term impacts on the economy. In the short term, the government is to be commended for supporting the most vulnerable through social protection initiatives including food distribution and other commendable initiatives such as public awareness and mobilisation on the pandemic […]

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Govt to scale up interventions to accelerate technology, innovation

Govt to scale up interventions to accelerate technology, innovation

The Government has set out a series of actions and plans that it will implement to accelerate technology and innovation in the country amidst the novel coronavirus pandemic, or COVID-19. There is no doubt that the need for digitalisation has even increased in the COVID-19 period; from remote working due to the lockdown, and use of drones to deliver medical supplies to data collection to […]

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EAC leaders root for harmonised system of sharing COVID-19 test results

EAC leaders root for harmonised system of sharing COVID-19 test results

President Paul Kagame on Tuesday, May 12, chaired a consultative meeting that brought together four East African Community (EAC) leaders and discussed the regional efforts to tackle the COVID-19 that has ravaged the world. The meeting which had earlier been postponed was held virtually by video conferencing and Kagame chaired it in his capacity as the current chairperson of the summit for the six-nation regional bloc. Other […]

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