Single African Air Transport Market to be launched this week

Single African Air Transport Market to be launched this week

African Union Heads of State will later this week launch the long-awaited Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The initiative, which is part of the wide 2063 Agenda, is tipped to usher in a new dawn for the continent’s aviation industry as it will “completely liberalise” air transport markets in Africa, according to experts. According to the Ministry of Infrastructure, the […]

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10 things you need to know about the Volkswagen Rwanda deal

10 things you need to know about the Volkswagen Rwanda deal

The first Made-in-Rwanda car by German carmaker Volkswagen could hit the roads in May this year, according to the firm’s officials. This follows an announcement by the firm that they are in the process of setting up a plant to assemble cars locally and roll out a mobility solution in the second quarter of this year. Below are details about the firm and its investment […]

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RDB: Rwanda registered investments worth $1.6bn, in 2017

RDB: Rwanda registered investments worth $1.6bn, in 2017

Rwanda attracted investments worth 1.675B in 2017, according to latest figures from Rwanda Development Board (RDB). This represents a significant increase of over $500 million from investments registered the previous year. Data from RDB indicates that the top sectors that generated top investments include; construction and real estate, mining and infrastructure. The performance surpasses RDB’s projection last year where they had announced that they were […]

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Rwanda-China ties will grow further this year

Rwanda-China ties will grow further this year

China and Rwanda are set to experience even deeper bilateral relations this year, the Chinese envoy to Rwanda has said. Amb. Henry Hongwei Rao made the remarks while speaking with The New Times at the Chinese embassy in Kigali yesterday. He also handed over an assortment of equipment donated to The New Times Publications. While handing over the equipment, which included professional cameras and IT equipment, the […]

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Campaign on heroic values in the offing

Campaign on heroic values in the offing

A week-long campaign about the values of heroism will be held across the country ahead of this year’s Heroes’ Day, due February 1, an official has said. In an interview with The New Times yesterday, Deo Nkusi, the Executive Secretary of the Chancellery for Heroes, National Orders and Decorations of Honour (Cheno), said that the main orientation for marking the day will be about the kind of […]

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Rwanda prepared to host African migrants – Kagame

Rwanda prepared to host African migrants – Kagame

President Paul Kagame has said that Rwanda’s decision to support African immigrants who were being sold off as slaves in Libya is informed by the country’s history and experience. Kagame was speaking at an annual diplomatic luncheon for envoys of countries accredited to Rwanda at the Kigali Convention Centre, yesterday. Kagame said that Rwanda remains prepared to provide support and, if necessary, sanctuary for immigrants […]

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Rwanda, Tanzania agree on joint construction of SGR

Rwanda, Tanzania agree on joint construction of SGR

Rwanda and Tanzania have agreed on joint construction of a Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) from Isaka (northwestern Tanzania) to Kigali, a move which will facilitate movement of goods between the two countries. The agreement was reached following a meeting between President Paul Kagame and his Tanzanian counterpart John Pombe Magufuli, during the former’s one-day working visit to Dar-es-Salaam, yesterday. President Magufuli said that they have […]

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China, Rwanda to further boost relations

China, Rwanda to further boost relations

President Paul Kagame, yesterday, met with Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wang Yi, who told the media shortly after the meeting that China and Rwanda are ready to further boost their relations to achieve their mutual development goals. Kagame received the minister and his delegation at Village Urugwiro in Kigali on the latter’s first leg of an Africa trip that will also take him to […]

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High hopes for African Union self-financing mechanism

High hopes for African Union self-financing mechanism

The feeling of expectation and desire for a new funding plan for the African Union to be realised is very high, according to Claver Gatete, the Minister for Finance and Economic Planning. The self-financing mechanism of the African Union is a historic decision adopted by Heads of State and Government during the 27th AU Summit held in Kigali in July 2016. This was aimed at […]

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Rwanda elected vice chair of UN Human Rights Council

Rwandan Ambassador to Switzerland Dr Francois Ngarambe has been nominated to serve as Vice President of the Human Rights Council. Ngarambe also serves as Rwanda’s Permanent Representative to the UN, World Trade Organisation and other international bodies with headquarters in Geneva He was nominated on Wednesday in Geneva, by the African Group in the council comprising 13 countries representing the rest of the continent. “Africa […]

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