KIGALI, RwandaThe Prime Minister of Rwanda, the Honourable Edouard Ngirente, has this morning officially declared the Africa Innovation Summit (AIS) 2018 open in Kigali, Rwanda. AIS II will focus on innovative and disruptive solutions to the major challenges facing African countries, which include energy access, water, food insecurity, health systems, and governance. As a platform for multi-stakeholder dialogue and actions, AIS II is Africa’s only summit on innovation that seeks to foster action-driven dialogue between African innovators and stakeholders in Government, private sector, civil society and academia to ensure African solutions are concretely given the opportunity to scale in a measurable way. The summit will continue until 8 June 2018. “The challenge facing Africa
KIGALI, RwandaThe African Development Bank, together with partners The Rockefeller Foundation, Microsoft and Facebook have launched the Coding for Employment Program at the African Innovation Summit in Kigali, Rwanda, by training youth in demand-driven Information and Communications Technology (ICT) curriculum and matching graduates directly with ICT employers. This new Program will prepare Africa’s youth for tomorrow’s jobs and unleashes the next generation of young digital innovators from the continent. Coding for Employment will create over 9 million jobs and reach 32 million youth and women across Africa. The Coding for Employment Program is at the center of the African Development Bank’s Jobs for Youth in Africa Initiative, which aims to put Africa’s youth on a path to
NAMUGOGO, Uganda Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has saluted security forces in the country for a job well done by ensuring maximum security at Namugongo Martyrs Shrines as the country marked the annual Martyrs pilgrimage where multitudes of people from Uganda and congregated to commemorate the occasion. "At a place where there is a very big gathering like here today, where all sorts of people including bad people and criminals also join in, I thank security forces that ensured the celebrations have ended peacefully today," the President said. Mr. Museveni was addressing pilgrims at the Catholic Martyrs’ Shrine on 3rd June after he and his wife, Janet Museveni, had earlier attended prayers at the neighbouring Church of Uganda Shrine. The celebrations at
NAMUGOGO, Uganda President Yoweri Museveni has given assurances to the Church of Uganda that no one will take away Church House from the Church as long as he is still alive. The President, accompanied by the 1st Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, was speaking at the Anglican Shrine in Namugongo, Wakiso District during the annual Uganda Martyrs’ celebrations. Kigezi Diocese led the celebrations for this year’s Martyrs’ Day celebrations. President Museveni said he had seen media reports to the effect that the Anglican Church risked losing the multi-billion Church House building located in Kampala City Centre to businessmen. “I saw in the news today that you have issues with the Church House. They want to steal it from you. Archbishop Orom
KIGALI, RwandaRwanda Rugby has adopted scrumIT as Rugby Management System after using it during the recently ended 2018 Rugby Africa Bronze Cup tournament in Ghana. ScrumIT is an online player registration and rugby administration software developed in South Africa by ENS Software as a service application. The software is internet based, and users can access it from any internet browser. Other users of scrumIT include South Africa based Unions W.P. Rugby, Griquas and the Cheetahs. The Rugby Unions of Ghana and Kenya are also users of the system. According to Mr Muhire Livingstone, Administrative Manager of Rwanda Rugby, the decision to use scrumIT was driven by the need to streamline the administration of the Federation and to empower the Clubs in Rwanda to become more effi
KIGALI, RwandaThe Africa Innovation Summit (AIS) is delighted to announce and welcome United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Accenture as sponsors. UNDP and Accenture are partnering to change the face of Africa’s development by implementing the YAS! portal-platform. YAS! is aimed at putting Africa’s youth at the centre of the continent’s development based on access to resources, opportunities, an ecosystem of stakeholders, and funding. The East Africa activation of the YAS! portal-platform will kick off in Kigali at AIS. As part of this activation of YAS! UNDP is calling on East and Southern Africa’s youth to present their innovations to help end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people everywhere enjoy peace and prosperity. These objectives are in li
BRUSSELS, BelgiumA bilateral consultation by high-level civil servants of the Republic of Rwanda and the Kingdom of Belgium took place this 24 May 2018 in the framework of the permanent political dialogue initiated by the two countries in 2015. This consultation was the first of its kind at that level and complements the many political contacts that have taken place since the start of the permanent dialogue. The meeting was chaired by the Permanent Secretary of the Rwandan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Claude Nikobisanzwe and the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belgium, Dirk Achten. Among the topics addressed during the open exchanges were commercial and economic diplomacy, human rights, judicial cooperation as well as other aspects of the bilater...
ADDIS ABABA The President of Rwanda H.E Kagame and Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed met on 25th May 2018 for bilateral talks at the National Palace in Addis Ababa. The two leaders committed to strengthening ties in key sectors including Defence, Air Services, Capacity building and in multilateral fora. The meeting was followed by a tour of Hawassa Industrial Park which has attracted 18 leading global apparel and textile companies. The first of its kind in the country, Hawassa Industrial Park is expected to generate around 60,000 jobs and $1 billion in export revenues according to the World Bank. President Kagame was also hosted to a State Banquet by the Prime Minister where he thanked and praised his host; “I congratulate Prime Minister Abiy for being the leader he deser