Kagame: Pan-African collaboration is key to progress

Kagame: Pan-African collaboration is key to progress

President Paul Kagame, who is also the Chairperson of the African Union, called on African nations not to lose sight of benefits of increased cooperation adding that the continent is stronger when united. The President was speaking yesterday in Windhoek, Namibia during the 38th Southern Africa Development Cooperation (SADC) summit. The President said that the difference in characteristics of countries ought not to be a reason […]

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Rwanda, Haiti establish diplomatic relations

Rwanda, Haiti establish diplomatic relations

Rwanda has established diplomatic relations with Haiti as the two nations move to widen existing as well as explore new areas of cooperation. Rwanda’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Valentine Rugwabiza and her Haitian counterpart, Ambassador Denis Régis, said in a joint statement that a Haiti-Rwanda Bilateral Commission was established in 2010 to facilitate bilateral relations. The two countries have had significant exchanges […]

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Aviation traffic to Rwanda to hit the one million mark

Aviation traffic to Rwanda to hit the one million mark

The number of people visiting or transiting through Rwandan airports is set to increase to over one million this fiscal year, according to projections from the Ministry of Infrastructure and affiliated institutions. According to figures presented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Infrastructure, Christian Rwakunda, aviation traffic will rise to 1,151,300, from 926,571 passengers. The figure includes those coming to Rwanda or transiting through […]

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Rwanda, Moroccan firms seal major fertiliser deal

Rwanda, Moroccan firms seal major fertiliser deal

Rwanda has entered into a fertiliser joint venture partnership with two private companies aimed at reducing the cost and increasing the supply of fertilisers and boost agricultural output. The deal, which was approved by cabinet on Wednesday, involves a Rwandan firm, Agro Processing Trust Corporation (APTC), a Moroccan company known as OCP Africa as well as the Government of Rwanda. The trio will jointly set […]

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Government teams up with Johnson & Johnson to treat mental health

Government teams up with Johnson & Johnson to treat mental health

Mental health patients in Rwanda will access drugs at subsidised prices courtesy of a new partnership between the Government and Johnson & Johnson. The American big-pharma yesterday signed a five-year deal with the Ministry of Health that will see prices slashed by up to 70 per cent. The deal includes patients suffering from Schizophrenia being able to get drugs at only Rwf5,000 per dose down from […]

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Parliament to be dissolved on Thursday

Parliament to be dissolved on Thursday

The lower house is scheduled to be dissolved Thursday as Rwandans prepare to hold elections for new Members of Parliament. The elections are due September 2-4. The outgoing Parliament is third since Rwanda held its first post-Genocide parliamentary elections in 2003. President Paul Kagame is expected to officiate at the ceremony. Article 79 of the constitution stipulates that the President of the Republic is required […]

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What you need to know about September parliamentary polls

What you need to know about September parliamentary polls

Next month Rwandans will go to the polls to vote for people who will represent them in parliament after the National Electoral Commission (NEC) Monday released a list of 521 candidates approved to contest in the elections. The commission had received 539 applications. With the elections drawing closer, we take you through some of the things that you ought to know? Who is being elected? […]

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Rwanda launches search for investors in bed nets factory

Rwanda launches search for investors in bed nets factory

Failure to secure an investor who meets the standards set by World Health Organisation (WHO) is holding back plans to construct a mosquito net plant in Rwanda. The Government first mooted the idea of constructing a factory to manufacture treated mosquito nets, locally, in 2015 following widespread cases of malaria infections after it emerged that the country had spent a staggering Rwf9 billion on the […]

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Rwandans celebrate Umuganura

Rwandans celebrate Umuganura

Umuganura is a day of Thanksgiving – to appreciate the year’s achievements. Umuganura is celebrated in a bid to promote the Rwandan culture of valuing and celebrating achievements and crop yields from the country’s soil. In ancient Rwanda, Umuganura was one of the most important ceremonies feted by Rwandans at the beginning of every harvest season. The festivities were an occasion to celebrate the country’s […]

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Africa needs the right mindsets, rather than more funding – Kagame

Africa needs the right mindsets, rather than more funding – Kagame

President Paul Kagame has called on African countries to address rising illicit financial flows, tax evasion and misallocation of Africa’s resources. He observed that by taking action, Africa will enable the continent to finance its own development. President Kagame was speaking at the African Leadership Forum (ALF) 2018 held in Kigali. The summit is under the theme, “Financing Africa’s Transformation for Sustainable Development”. Despite popular […]

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