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Kagame appoints female CEO for national carrier RwandAir

Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame has appointed Yvonne Manzi Makolo as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Rwanda’s national carrier, RwandAir. Makolo’s appointment was part of a cabinet reshuffle announced over the weekend. Makolo has previously worked in the private sector since returning to Rwanda from Canada in 2003. She worked with a World Bank project; an […]

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Netanyahu suspends deal with UN on African migrants’ temporary stay permission

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Monday few hours after announcing a deal with the UN refugee agency to allow over 16,000 African migrants to stay temporarily in Israel made a U-turn announcing that he was ‘for the time being suspending the agreement’, Times of Israel reports. “I hear you, and especially the residents of south […]

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Rwanda: Mastercard Foundation commits $100m to curb unemployment

Mastercard Foundation on Thursday said it will invest $100 million in Rwanda to train young people with skills in order to reduce unemployment in the East-African nation. The project is part of a 10-year plan of the Canada-based charity to help African countries create 30 million jobs for young people by 2030. The Charity will […]

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Rwanda: Central bank predicts healthy economic growth in 2018

Rwanda’s economy will grow 6.5 percent in 2018, the central bank of the East African nation said on Tuesday. According to John Rwangombwa, governor of National Bank of Rwanda, the inflation rate is expected to be around 5.0 percent in 2018, slightly up from 4.9 percent last year. He said the country’s total formal export […]

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Indian telecom operator Airtel shapes Africa exit plan

India’s biggest mobile carrier Bharti Airtel Ltd, which owns telecom assets in 14 African countries, on Wednesday said it is looking at a potential initial public offering (IPO). Bharti Airtel International (Netherlands) BV said the discussion on feasibility of listing its shares on an “internationally recognized” exchange was still in preliminary stage. Bharti Airtel, which […]

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AU Commission rejects Chinese spy claims

The African Union Commission Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat on Wednesday said the African Union does not have any secret dossiers and nothing to spy on. Moussa Faki Mahamat made his comment two weeks after a report in French newspaper Le Monde indicated that China had bugged the African Union headquarters in Ethiopia. An investigation conducted […]

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Kagame takes over AU Chairmanship, vows institutional reforms

Rwandan President Paul Kagame has officially taken over the chairmanship of the African Union with the tough task of steering the continental body away from heavy dependence on foreign aid. President Kagame’s first task will be to see through the institutional reforms within the AU and the AU Commission to make it financially self-sustaining. Kagame […]

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African heads of State, CEOs seek partnerships at WEF

African CEOs, policymakers and heads of state have joined the global business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, as the continent seeks to strengthen its partnerships for trade, and investment. Zimbabwe President Emerson Mnangagwa, Rwanda’s Paul Kagame and South Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa have shared pictures on their social media platforms […]

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Togo, only African country to back US position over Jerusalem

Togo, a tiny West African nation, is the only country on the African continent to have voted in favor of President Donald Trump’s political move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The UN General Assembly repelled Trump’s decision in a resolution adopted by an overwhelming majority last week. The resolution in effect condemned President Trump’s […]

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Rwanda: Fresh report accuses France of complicity in 1994 genocide

A U.S. law firm on Wednesday released a report commissioned by the Rwandan government to examine the role played by France in events leading to the 1994 Rwandan genocide. The report compiled by Washington-based Cunningham Levy Muse LLP presented evidence suggesting that French officials were aware of and aided the actions and goals of both […]

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