Africa: In Rwanda, mountain gorilla treks spur country’s renewal effort

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Kigali is the cleanest capital I’ve seen. No trash littering the streets – not one plastic bag blighting the landscape. (They were banned in 2008.) From our perch on the deck at Repub Lounge, we can take in views of the lush hills shrouded in bougainvillea. The restaurant is packed. We pop tiny fried fish in our mouths, washed down […]

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Africa: Tourism Investment in Africa will stem immigration flows-Mzembi tells Italian Minister

“Invest in the development of the tourism industry in Africa, and the current flow of economic migrants from the continent to Europe will become more manageable and, eventually, cease to pose the kind of challenges it does today.” These were the words of Zimbabwean Tourism and Hospitality Minister, Dr. Walter Mzembi, when he met with Dr. Dorina Bianchi, Italian Undersecretary […]

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Africa: Visa on Arrival grew Rwanda arrivals by 22% and 50% for trade with East Africa

The image of Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Chadian President Idriss Déby proudly holding the first two copies of the newly launched pan-African passport at the African Union (AU) summit in the Rwandan capital Kigali this month marked the type of historic moment rarely seen at such gatherings, where outcomes are often measured in declarations or resolutions. With the launch […]

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African Economy: Rwanda improves ties with South Africa

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Louise Mushikiwabo, has said that bilateral relations between Kigali and Pretoria are “unquestionably normalising”. She told journalists, on Tuesday in Kigali, that despite some of the bilateral aspects taking longer to be reinstated, there was no question that both countries had moved forward and beyond some of the tension that had been there since 2010. […]

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Rwanda can grow its Aviation like Turkey did says Turkish Airline VP

Rwanda’s aviation industry is slowly coming of age, and the country is positioning itself towards becoming an aviation hub for the region. To realise this plan, government has invested heavily in aviation infrastructure development, with over $17 million already spent on the upgrade of the Kigali International Airport and rehabilitation of Kamembe Airport. These efforts have already paid off with […]

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Why do Government people not reply emails in Rwanda

By: Sandra Idossou “As much as I like the progress Rwanda is making, there is one thing I really dislike. Why can’t government and private sector officials respond to emails? This problem is a nightmare. “We often discuss issues affecting development in African countries, but Rwanda is an example on many aspects, except on this particular issue which is also […]

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AfDB Launches First Africa Visa Openness Index

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By chike onwuegbuchi The African Development Bank (AfDB) has launched the first Africa Visa Openness Index, which shows how Africa remains largely closed off to African travellers. On average Africans need visas to travel to 55% of other African countries, can get visas on arrival in only 25% of other countries and don’t need a visa to travel to just […]

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Why Rwandair chose to merge with ET instead of Etihad

RwandAir and Ethiopian Airlines expect in the next few months to formally establish a strategic partnership that would see the two African carriers working closely together. Under the terms of a deal provisionally reached earlier this month, Ethiopian Airlines will acquire a 49 percent stake in the smaller RwandAir, giving it the opportunity to create a new east African hub […]

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Aviation players to convene in Kigali

Aviation stakeholders will meet in Kigali, Rwanda from 07-09 May 2016 at the 5th Aviation Stakeholders Convention. The conference is being organised by the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) in partnership with RwandAir with the view to fostering dialogue, building sustainable networks in supply chain management, creating a competitive environment for aviation business in the continent. Convened under the patronage of […]

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Rwanda and Ethiopia the model States of Africa go into partnership

LAST week, Rwanda and Ethiopia inked an aviation deal that on the surface looks routine, but which could be emblematic of a quiet yet significant shift in the nature of the region’s geopolitics, positioning the two states as growing players in a continent currently bereft of a clear strong leader. The agreement, whose biggest takeaway was the fifth freedom rights, […]

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