Rwanda to host Africa’s major hotel and aviation summit in October

Rwanda will in October host the second edition of Africa’s hotel and aviation summit for the second consecutive year. The Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) will again run alongside AviaDev Africa from October 10-12 in Kigali and is expected to attract more than 1,000 aviation and hospitality sectors experts, investors and government officials from 45…

Kenya urges UN to improve security in Horn of Africa

Kenya has urged the UN top decision organ to upgrade the security situation in the Horn of Africa to international levels and match it with financial resources. Deputy President William Ruto said the UN Security Council has failed to support the African Mission in Somalia (Amisom). The Deputy President however, said the UN has provided…

East Africa: Rwanda, Kenya Sign EU-EAC Trade Deal

Rwanda and Kenya have today signed the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU) while other East African Community member states are still delaying the deal over the Brexit. “Today: Rwanda & Kenya sign economic partnership agreement with the European Union in Brussels. RwandaTrade,” Rwanda’s Ministry of Trade and Industry posted Thursday on…

East African leaders to discuss intervention force in S Sudan

ADDIS ABABA – East African leaders will gather in Ethiopia on Friday to discuss a regional intervention force to back up UN troops in South Sudan, an initiative vehemently opposed by President Salva Kiir. Regional bloc IGAD has raised the possibility of deploying an “intervention brigade” with a more aggressive mandate within the UN mission…

Drones to deliver medical supplies in Rwanda

Commercial network promises to make blood and emergency medicine available to African country’s scattered population. Starting next month, doctors and nurses in far-flung areas of Rwanda will be able to order blood and emergency medicine via a text message. Drones, part of a new breed designed to save lives, will fly to a clinic using…

Uganda picks Tanzania for oil pipeline, drops Kenya plan

Landlocked Uganda has announced it will build a major pipeline to export its oil through Tanzania. Uganda had planned to send the pipeline through Kenya, which wanted a joint facility for oil from its own fields that are under development. The pipeline will now be routed further south, with concerns about possible attacks by Somalia’s…

Rwanda’s export challenge

About a month ago, the central bank released data showing the country’s economic performance in 2015. What stood out for most observers, including a concerned select committee of parliamentarians, was the trade deficit. That is, the difference between Rwanda’s expenditure on imports and earnings from exports. The actual figure was close to $1.8 billion! That…