The eighth annual African Economic Conference will take place in South Africa from October 28-30, 2013 under the theme “Regional Integration in Africa”. The conference is organized by the African Development Bank (AfDB) the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Millicom International Cellular (Millicom) has announced the appointment of Tongai Maramba as its new General Manager (GM) in Rwanda. He will take up the role on October 7 when he will replace Diego Camberos who will move to Dakar as the new GM for Senegal.
There is a great need in Rwanda to find alternative, sustainable sources of fuel. The widespread use of firewood and charcoal for cooking and heating poses a large threat to the environment. While several alternatives to wood and charcoal exist, they are not widely distributed and used, and many people find them expensive.
In an effort to bring attention to great beauty and potential of the region, the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) have conducted a tour of Lake Kivu intending to show investors the assets of the lake for tourism.
“Design is never neutral, it either helps or hurts” says Andrew Brose, an architect with MASS Design Group, a group that is working in Rwanda and around the world to make architecture “meaningful”. Through their design of Rwandan schools and hospitals, MASS has shown that architecture is not about building the biggest, shiniest, most expensive building, but about building healthy, elegant, and overall positive environments for communities to take pride in.
Although Rwandans have enough food – people are not starving – many Rwandans still end up malnourished. It is quality, not quantity, of food that many Rwandans lack. Little knowledge on a nutritious diet makes some people, especially children, vulnerable to malnutrition.
The female condom was introduced four years ago in Rwanda to much praise, hailing it as an empowering alternative to give women control over their own reproductive health. Public health professionals claimed that the female condom would free women of the personal and social biases that lead men to refuse male condom use, subsequently putting women at high risk for both unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.
The launch of Smart Kigali (see story on page 3) will come as music to the ears of many local software developers, who say that they hindered by a limited market due to low understanding of the use of ICT and its benefits.
As part of its contribution to the “Smart Kigali” initiative geared at providing internet broadband that is accessible for everyone, Airtel Rwanda last Friday launched a free wi-fi hotspot at King Faisal Hospital.
The Private Sector Federation (PSF), through its chamber of Rwanda Farmers, is officially launching an agribusiness plan-sourcing program that will run in all the districts in the country for the next three months.