Rwf39 billion Fund set up to support agri-businesses

Rwf39 billion Fund set up to support agri-businesses

Access to capital related challenges faced by local agriculture could ease, albeit marginally, following the launch of a Rwf39 billion Fund by U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID). The Fund will be launched on Tuesday this week. The funds will be availed under a five year project aimed at increasing loans and investments to small and medium businesses in the agricultural sector and is estimated […]

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Economy expands by 6.7% in second quarter

Rwanda’s economy grew by 6.7 per cent in the second quarter of 2018, the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning said yesterday. The performance represents rebound from the 4 per cent growth rate registered in the same period last year In the second quarter of 2018, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) at current market prices was estimated at Rwf2,000 billion, up from Rwf1, 869 billion in […]

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Rwandan nominated for Rwf 160m Innovation Prize

Rwandan nominated for Rwf 160m Innovation Prize

A Rwandan entrepreneur, Henri Nyakarundi, who developed a renewable energy App that helps connect rural communities to solar-power device charging and internet has featured on a list of top 10 nominees for the African Innovation Foundation (AIF)’s 2018 Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA). The AIF prestigious Prize is worth $185 000 (about Rwf160 million), which is shared among contestants with the winner getting US$ 100,000, while […]

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How Rwanda became the first African country with an electronic procurement system

How Rwanda became the first African country with an electronic procurement system

In an effort to reduce corruption, improve transparency and efficiency, and minimize potential collusion among bidders, several countries are establishing electronic government procurement systems, also known as e-GP systems. Rwanda is one of those countries. In fact, it is the first African country to implement an e-GP system nationally, and in a shorter span of time compared to other countries. Rwanda’s e-GP journey has the […]

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Kagame urges more youth involvement in agriculture

Kagame urges more youth involvement in agriculture

President Paul Kagame has challenged African youth to adjust their mindsets on agriculture and increase involvement in the sector. Kagame was speaking yesterday during the Presidential panel at the African Green Revolution Forum. Kagame said that to make agriculture more productive on the continent, among the necessary adjustments include a change of mindset among the youth in regards to agriculture to make it a career of choice. […]

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Kwita Izina 2018 registers record attendance

Kwita Izina 2018 registers record attendance

This year’s Kwita Izina event—the annual gorilla naming ceremony—was a “huge success’’ according to the organisers, Rwanda Development Board (RDB). During Kwita Izina gala dinner, held at Lake Kivu Serena on Friday night, Chief Tourism Officer, Belise Kariza paid tribute to all the stakeholders of the Kwita Izina series of events and described the 14th edition of the gorilla naming ceremony as “spectacular”. Kariza’s comments […]

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UK committed to boosting trade ties as Brexit deadline looms

UK committed to boosting trade ties as Brexit deadline looms

The United Kingdom (UK) has committed to boosting its trade relations with Rwanda and other African countries as the deadline for Brexit looms, Jo Lomas, the UK High Commissioner to Rwanda has said. Lomas was addressing the media in Kigali on UK’s plans about its relationship with Africa during the post-Brexit period. The UK voted to leave the European Union (EU), a 28-member body, by […]

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23 baby gorillas named

23 baby gorillas named

Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente has reiterated the significance of conserving nature and wildlife, saying it goes a long way in improving people’s well-being as well as saving Mother Nature for generations to come. The prime Minister was officiating at yesterday’s Kwita Izina ceremony where 23 baby gorillas – which were born between July last year and June 2018 were named. Thousands of people – including […]

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Kwita Izina 2018: Who are the Gorilla namers?

Kwita Izina 2018: Who are the Gorilla namers?

The annual Gorilla naming ceremony, popularly known as Kwita Izina, the biggest event on the country’s tourism calendar, is slated for this weekend on September 7. The event, which is organised by Rwanda Development Board (RDB), will be held in Kinigi Sector, Musanze District. 23 baby gorillas will be named for this year’s event. Namers include Rwandan and international conservationists, sports personalities, renown philanthropists and […]

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Electoral commission releases provisional list of MPs-elect

Electoral commission releases provisional list of MPs-elect

The National Electoral Commission (NEC) yesterday released the preliminary list of all the 80 individuals elected to the Lower House. They include 53 fronted by political parties (who were elected through universal suffrage), 24 women representatives, two representatives of the youth, and one MP-elect who will represent the interests of the people living with disabilities. President Paul Kagame’s Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF)-Inkotanyi and six of […]

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