Forbes lists Clarisse Iribagiza among top 30 promising young entrepreneurs in Africa

Forbes lists Clarisse Iribagiza among top 30 promising young entrepreneurs in Africa

In its list of 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs In Africa 2015, Forbes has featured Clarisse Iribagiza, CEO of HeHe Labs (formerly HeHe Limited):

Iribagiza, 26, runs Kigali-based mobile technology company HeHe Limited, which builds custom mobile applications for businesses, provides 24/7 online and offline support and cloud storage services. Iribagiza founded the company in 2010 after winning a $50,000 grant from Inspire Africa, a Rwandan TV entrepreneurial contest. Iribagiza’s clientele includes a number of government agencies in Rwanda.

Rwanda Stock Exchange to teach police on company law

The Rwanda Stock Exchange is hosting a series of sessions with the Rwanda police fraternity, sensitising them on trading shares, and investment in bonds and equities. This is in line with the police understanding company law and gaining knowledge on an individual level on areas in the stock market that prove lucrative. According to the National Police College advisor, these trainings are meant to help nurture a more business-oriented mindset among the police fraternity. CNBC Africa investigates.

IATA delegation soon to head to Rwanda

When in two weeks’ time a delegation from IATA will be in Kigali to formally present RwandAir with their IOSA Certificate, which catapulted the airline into the global elite of safety audited airlines, guests from near and far will see a lot more than just the airline’s headquarters and operations. They will also see the “new” Kigali International Airport.

Rwanda may be a geographically smaller country, but it certainly has taken its place on the world scene and is by the general evaluation of many, using a pugilist term, punching well above its weight, and rightly so.

The Rwandan government has identified aviation as a key to economic success, being a landlocked country twice removed from the nearest deep sea ocean port of Mombasa, through which most of the imports and exports are routed. Tourism is the biggest foreign exchange earner and has been for several years, outpacing agriculture, the mining and the service industry, as Rwanda has also established itself as a regional ICT hub.

RwandAir and the Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority, both fall under the same home ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, and while clearly functioning independently of each other, as the regulator and the regulated should be, is a greater force at work here, superimposing national goals

Team Ethiopia jets in ahead of Tour Du Rwanda

Team Ethiopia is the first international team to arrive in the country ahead of the sixth edition of the 2014 Tour of Rwanda Cycling competition scheduled from 16-22 November.

Rwanda Cycling Team confirmed that the Ethiopian team has settled at the Africa Rising Cycling Center at Musanze for a period of three weeks for training, experience sharing and to get acclimatised to the weather conditions in Rwanda as well as tackle the routes ahead of the competition. Team Rwanda posted on its official website:

Thanks Team Ethiopia Cycling for joining us at Africa Rising Cycling Centre. Our first international team guests.

In their message to Team Rwanda, the Ethiopians wrote:

Many thanks to Jock Boyer and Kimberly Coats for letting us stay for three weeks in the Center, have every lodging, training even teaching us English language.

Rwanda to improve post fish harvest infrastructure

The Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) is setting up quality infrastructure for the cold chain system in Kigalis Special Economic Zone as part of efforts to curb fish post-harvest losses.

Dr Wilson Rutaganira, the aquaculture and fisheries programme coordinator at Rab, said the infrastructure, which includes a cold room, containerised flakes and tanks, and ice melting machines, were also recently set up in Musanze and Rwamagana districts to address fishermen’s challenges, reports NewTimes.

The same is to be set up early next year at Kivu Lake to serve about 30 cooperatives of fishermen there, he said.

The infrastructure can preserve 30 tonnes of fish per day, according to Rab.

Rutaganira was responding to fish farmers who said they were making losses due to several challenges, including lack of an established cold chain system to handle fish from the country’s lakes.

Hawa Mukamana, a fish dealer in Kigali City market, said modern and appropriate fish processing and product development is difficult to them due to a myriad of challenges:

The only fish processing methods in use are traditional smoking and sun drying on lake beaches. The small amount of fish caught in Rwanda’s lakes is all sold right at the lake side with nothing left to take to urban centres to avoid making losses as it gets bad due to lack of preservation mechanisms.

Figures indicate that, currently, Rwanda imports 15,000 tonnes of fresh fish and another 15,000 of smocked fish every year, worth an estimated $10 million.

Most African nations to miss 2015 Millenium Development Goals

Most African countries will not reach the Millennium Development Goals set for 2015 because of the gap between economic and human development. That is one of the conclusions in this year’s annual U.N. report on the Least Developed Countries, presented Thursday.

Junior Davis, U.N. economic affairs officer for Africa, said African countries have not been able to translate their economic growth into structural transformation:

“We think that is the case because these countries have not focused efficiently on building what we call their productive capacities.

These are the basic human and economic development capacities that are needed to promote sustainable economic development. And the MDG, as they were constructed, largely ignored the need to develop the productive capacities.”

Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda and Malawi are the only African countries on track to reach the majority of the development goals. They are making progress because they heavily invested in areas that create sustainable development such as infrastructure, health and education.

The post-2015 development agenda for fragile countries where governance remains an issue — such as South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo — will still largely depend on support from the international community to achieve social and economic development, Davis said.

Davis says improvements in rural development, industrial productivity, agriculture and the services sectors in these countries will require ways in which we can have a pattern of growth which is not just sustainable but jobs-rich, because we see the growth in jobs and employment is central to any development strategy that aims to reduce poverty in a sustainably.

Rwanda gets $13.5m boost from Sweden

On Thurday, the government of Rwanda signed a grant agreement worth $13.5 million with Sweden to combat unemployment. The money will be channeled through Rwanda’s National Employment Program which aims to create 200,000 jobs each year.

Rwandan Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Claver Gatete, signed on behalf of the government alongside Maria Hà¥kansson, Chargé d’Affaires at the Swedish Embassy in Kigali. Maria said:

Merely creating jobs is important but that in itself is not enough. Employment needs to be sufficiently productive to provide a sustainable source of income. We recognise that the youth make up 67 percent of the unemployed in Rwanda, therefore, our target also focuses on youth entrepreneurship and skills development.

We see the funding as a way to support the government’s work in promoting productive jobs that provide people living in poverty a sustainable way to self-reliance, he added added.

Rwanda’s unemployment rate, according to the 2012 national census stands at 3.4 percent, having skyrocketed from 1.2 percent in 2006.

Rwandan schools to improve child nutrition with spirulina

Under the guidance of their principals, many primaries schools in Kigali city have started to breed a blue-green algae called spirulina, widely believed to contain a miraculous array of vitamins, minerals and nutrients.

At the primary school of Nyamirambo, each pupil was assigned the care of a plastic bottle containing a sample of the culture.

Since spirulina, like any other plant, needs carbon to photosynthesis, the students have been asked to simply shake the solution every two hours, explains Francois Nyangenzi, a primary school teacher at Nyamirambo.

We are trying to formulate a new protocol for plant breeding – in bottles, under various weather conditions, with or without any other resources, Nyangezi told Xinhua.

It is expected that during the initial phase, the project will focus on three districts of Kigalicity including Gasabo, Kicukiro and Nyarugenge where the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has expanded its school feeding program in Rwanda to cover many schools especially in urban areas.

The school feeding program, which is part of a global WFP school feeding campaign launched by the agency in 2001, aims at expanding and improving education for millions of poor and suffering children around the world.

It is said that the school feeding program has increased school enrolment while the health of the school children has improved because the classrooms have been improved.

In a related development, the latest official report released by the National Institute of Statistics (NIS), four percent of Rwandan households equivalent to 82,000 homes, had poor food consumption, which represents an extremely insufficient and unbalanced diet. However, as the new plant is known in the scientific community as multicellular photosynthetic Cyanophyceae, the algae is considered acomplete protein, containing all nine essential amino acids that human beings need to survive.

Some experts say spirulina is a possible solution to the nutritional problems afflicting large portions of the human population. In several countries it is already being exploited as the food of the future. It can be cultivated in ponds or lakes, primarily in sub-tropical climates

Kagame builds numerous international partnerships

Kagame meets Ninad Karpe, CEO of Aptech Ltd, of Mumbai, India (Photo: @NinadKarpe)

DIGITALJOURNAL.COM: President Paul Kagame says he has been traveling more frequently recently to create partnerships that bring solutions to Rwandas development challenges.

Kagame was on Tuesday (November 11) addressing locals of Jabana sector in Gasabo District of Rwandas capital Kigali. The visit is part of his regular community outreach programme.

When you see me travelling, it is not for leisure, Kagame said amid loud applause, in apparent response to recent concerns that he has been travelling a lot more than before. It is to build partnerships that will allow us to solve our challenges.

President Kagame has been travelling overseas for about 60 days searching for investors. His latest business trips took him to the UK, Dubai, South Korea, Indonesia and India.

While at the Global-Africa Investment Summit London, he presented 15 projects that require about $23billion to accelerate the countrys development agenda.

Kagame was seeking for $930.4million to fund road-construction. A new $700minternational-airport in Rwanda is in the works, as well as energy projects worth$2.7billion, and agribusiness. In India for example, Kagame promised investors a red-carpet reception and unlimited opportunities once they turned their investment focus towards Rwanda.

While in the United States in September, President Kagame secured Rwandaspresence on list of only five African countries that will benefit from a €2billion fund for clean energy. Kigali hopes to finance solar-projects and hydro-plants. Already, a multi-million-dollar green energy fund has been set up in the country.

In the United States still, the President also put pen to paper with U.S. firm Symbion Power for a 50MW Independent Power Production (IPP) project using methane gas from Lake Kivu.

Kagame said in his speech that the first railway-system was coming to Rwanda. Studies on the $1.2billion UgandaRwanda standard gauge railway started in July to be completed by July 2015.

The President said there should never be complacence about the prevailing stability and security in the country. In other places, bombs are exploding every day–in markets, reason why we should be proud to be Rwandans, said Kagame.

Meanwhile, at the same event as has become the routine with Presidential upcountry trips, the speech was followed by an interactive session during which ordinary people complained about actions of local leaders.

African women leaders learn from Rwanda

Rwandan women line up take part in a vote for National Womens Council in Kigali in July 2004 (Photo: Reuters)

TELESURTV.NET: The world has a lot to learn from female empowerment in Rwanda where sixty-four percent of its parliament consists of women – more than any other country in the world.

Female lawmakers from all over Africa traveled to Rwanda on Monday to begin a week-long “study tour.” The women will share their leadership ideas, exchange experiences from their time in parliament, and discuss ways to encourage female participation in politics within Africa and the world.

Some 50 female delegates are attending the conference from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Burkina Faso, Central African Republic (CAR), Mali, Madagascar, Niger and Eritrea.

According to a Rwandan government statement, the theme for the five-day tour is “Building an Enabling Environment for Womens Economic Empowerment and Political Participation in Africa.”

Rwanda’s political engagement of women has been deemed a huge success. Sixty-four percent of its parliament is made up of women – occupying 45 out of the 80 seats. That is more than any other country in the world. The Rwandan Constitution also states that women must constitute no less than 30 percent of positions in the Legislature. Worldwide, women still represent only 21.9 percent of all elected parliamentarians.

Diana Ofwona, the United Nations women representative in Rwanda, and acting U.N. resident coordinator, said people have a lot to learn from the country in terms of women empowerment and political participation. In addressing the delegates in Rwandas capital of Kigali on Monday, Ofwona also challenged governments to remove all impediments to women empowerment and their ability to enter politics.

These deterrents come from existing cultural stereotypes that lead to gender discrimination and marginalization, says Donatile Mukabalisa, Speaker of Rwandan Parliament. Empowering women means breaking those stereotypes, she added.

The study tour is an joint-initiative by the African Union, the regional office of the United Nations Development Program, and the Forum of Rwandan Women Parliamentarians.