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Ethiopia eager to host Africa’s foremost football tournament

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has expressed optimism about the country’s chances of winning the bid to host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). This past week, he assured the press of his government’s support and preparedness to meet Read more ›

Rwanda commissions East Africa’s largest solar plant

KIGALI – The Rwandan government has commissioned the country’s first utility scale solar plant, which is also the biggest in the region. The solar photovoltaic project is expected to increase the nation’s capacity to generate electrical power by about 7%. Read more ›

East African currencies continue to struggle against the US Dollar

(The East African) – East African economies are feeling the pinch of inflation as their currencies continues to weaken against the dollar. By Allan Olingo Uganda and Rwanda managed to ensure the inflation rate remained below 5 per cent. Rwanda’s Read more ›

Kenya secures $113m to build 1,550km road connecting Burundi

By Christabel Ligami and Adam Ihucha Kenya has secured $113 million from the African Development Bank for the construction of a transit route from the Indian Ocean to Bujumbura in Burundi, heightening competition between the ports of Indian Ocean to Bujumbura Read more ›

Rwanda invests in medical tourism

By Ivan Ngoboka The New Times–(Kigali)-Medical tourism has for long been a preserve of a few countries such as South Africa, India, Saudi Arabia and to some extent Kenya – those countries with a long tradition of a developed health Read more ›

IMF & EAC to upgrade Gov’t Finance Statistics with new program

African Business Panel-(Arusha)-The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the East African Community (EAC) this week launched a collaborative program to improve the compilation and dissemination of Government Finance Statistics (GFS) for Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. The inaugural workshop Read more ›

Burundi: Police investigating dozens of floating plastic wrapped bodies

AFP-(Bujumbura) Fishermen in Burundi have found several corpses with limbs bound or stuffed in sacks, floating in a lake bordering Rwanda, government officials said on Tuesday. At least 40 bodies have been found in the lake since July, according to Read more ›

Ethiopia, Kenya & Ghana vie for right to host 2017 African Nations Cup

BBC – Ethiopia, Kenya and Ghana have announced their interest in bidding to host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations following Libya’s withdrawal as the host nation. Libya pulled out last week because of ongoing fighting in the country that has Read more ›

4G LTE high speed internet to be installed across Rwanda by August

Rwandans will be able to access the internet on 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology by August this year. The Minister for Youth and Information Technology, Jean Philbert Nsengimana, who announced the news to the local media, has noted that Read more ›

Kenya and China sign trade, development and cooperative agreements

Representatives of different branches of the governments of Kenya and China have penned up to 17 deals this weekend during a rare visit of the Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang to Nairobi. Reports indicate that the agreements cover several areas Read more ›

Kenya’s online cargo system to be launched next month

Kenya is set to launch an online system for clearing cargo next month. President Kenyatta will officially roll out the system in May, reports indicate. Commentators say the long-awaited electronic system will facilitate domestic and international trade at the Mombasa Read more ›

South Sudan to join regional railway project

South Sudan will join Rwanda, Kenya, and Uganda in a standard gauge railway (SGR) project that seeks to enhance regional integration and trade. A Joint Technical Committee (JTC) in charge of the project has issued a statement indicating that the African Read more ›

East African countries agree to construct oil refinery in Uganda

East African leaders from Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda have agreed on the process of implementing the construction of a regional oil refinery, which will be located in western Uganda. The member states made the mutual investment decision at a time Read more ›

Rwanda officially commemorates 20th anniversary of 1994 genocide

The Kigali stadium was filled with emotional scenes as the nation marked 20 years since the mass murder that led to the deaths of about a quarter of the population. President Paul Kagame and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Read more ›

Rwanda to commemorate 20th anniversary of 1994 genocide

The arrival of the symbolically labelled ‘flame of remembrance’, ‘kwibuka 20’, to Camp Kigali in Nyarugenge district on Sunday, March 30th, marked a crucial milestone in national preparations for the 20th anniversary ceremony of the brutal mass murder in 1994. Read more ›

South Sudan: Rebels condemn Regional Leaders’ decision to deploy Forces

Rebels in South Sudan have criticized the decision of the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) to send troops to the deeply desolated nation. Last week, east African leaders met in Addis Ababa and voted to deploy a regional stabilisation and Read more ›

GAVI Alliance supports Cervical Cancer Vaccination program in Africa

A public-private alliance of several agencies primarily created to support vaccination campaigns in developing countries, GAVI, has announced that it will facilitate immunization drives against cervical cancer in Uganda, Rwanda and Uzbekistan. The Chief Executive Officer of the alliance, Dr. Read more ›

Rwanda and South Africa row over Failed Assasination Plot

The diplomatic rift between the governments of Rwanda and South Sudan has taken a new dimension after both nations withdrew their high commissioners from one another. The dispute, which was originally triggered by an assassination attempt against an ex-Rwandan General Read more ›

Regional Bar Association accuses Burundi of violating East African Community Treaty

The East African Law Society (EALS) has accused the government of Burundi of breaching Articles 6(a) and 7(2) of the East African Community’s founding treaty, which demands adherence to the rule of law and democracy. The association has reportedly therefore Read more ›

Uganda joins Regional Electronic Payment Solution Platform

Uganda has officially launched the Common Market for East and Central Africa’s (COMESA) Regional Payment and Settlement System (REPSS). The electronic payment solution, which facilitates quick and safe transfer of funds from one COMESA member country to another through their Read more ›

Rwanda set to Host East Africa’s Business Council Headquarters

The Rwandan government has agreed to allocate land to East Africa’s Business Council (EABC) to construct the body’s regional head offices, reports indicate. According to a published letter addressed to Vimal Shah, the Chairperson of the council, Kigali has been Read more ›

Rwanda to Host East Africa’s Science and Technological Commission

The East African Community (EAC) has settled on Rwanda to host the upcoming East African Science and Technology Commission (EASTECO). Louise Mushikiwabo, Rwanda’s Foreign Minister, and Dr. Richard Sezibera, the EAC’s Secretary General, are reported to have signed the agreement Read more ›

East African Leaders to Introduce Central Corridor Infrastructural Projects

Leaders from the East African region will soon initiate the Central Corridor Infrastructural Project, which will include Burundi and Tanzania, reports indicate. According to reports, the Northern and Central infrastructural corridors will incorporate every member state of the EAC. Officials Read more ›

Rwanda’s $24m Solar Plant Deal

Reports indicate that Rwanda is set to become the first East African country with a utility-scale solar plant following a $24m deal. This deal will see the construction of the plant outside Kigali, Rwanda’s capital. Currently, the East African country Read more ›

Tanzania’s Eurobond to be Delayed

Reports indicate that Tanzania may postpone its debut Eurobond until the following fiscal year following a delay in obtaining a risk evaluation by Citigroup Inc. According to reports, the delay slowed the issuance of credit ratings according to Servacius Likwelile, Read more ›

Landmark Trial of Rwandan Genocide Suspect Opens in Paris

France has opened the trial of a Rwandan ex-army captain, Pascal Simbikangwa, who is being charged with complicity in the  Rwandan genocide that reportedly left 800,000 people dead. The suspected accomplice is said to have appeared in a Paris court Read more ›

Grenade Attack in Rwanda leaves 6 Injured

A grenade attack reportedly occurred next to a bus stop in Rwanda’s Northern Province, leaving at least six people wounded. It is reported that two men supposedly tossed the grenade next to a bus stop before speeding away. According to Read more ›

Burundi Invests $25 Million in High-Speed Internet

Burundi has officially initiated a $25 million investment project in a bid to improve internet accessibility and decrease costs, reports indicate. The landlocked African nation, with a population of about 8 million, reportedly has one of the slowest internet speeds Read more ›