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Construction Starts On $818M New International Airport In Rwanda

By Staff

Rwandan President Paul Kagame has broken ground to begin construction on the new $818m Bugesera International Airport (BIA) in Rwanda’s Eastern Province. The new airport is being built to handle the rising air traffic in the country, as well as bolster intra-African travel, investment and business. Kagame said: “Bugesera Airport is an important part of Rwanda’s strategy for socio-economic transformation. “Rwandans to whom we are accountable are used to having high expectations and trust us to deliver. This will be no different.”

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Rwanda Is East Africa’s New Tech Development Star, Kenya Falling Behind

By Tom Jackson 

One month, two East African elections, and two very different approaches to the tech development that each nation admits is vital to their economic success. Rwandans confirmed Paul Kagame as their president, with almost 99 percent of the vote, while in Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta was re-elected with 54 percent. Both elections were controversial, but the results stand. Whether people are happy or not, however, Kagame and Kenyatta are now likely to be leaders of their countries for some time to come. Both have placed technological development, and becoming tech hubs in the region, at the center of their plans, but Rwanda and Kenya look like they are taking different paths.

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Building a fashion empire with Afrocentric bow ties


When Matthew “Tayo” Rugamba ventured into the fashion business in 2011, he began by selling his bow ties out of a backpack. At the time he was still living and studying in the US, but whenever he came back home to Rwanda for the holidays, he would work on making bow ties, and peddling them informally. Rugamba is the founder and creative director of House of Tayo, a Kigali-based fashion label known mostly for its attention-getting bow ties, neck ties, pocket scarves and snoods which are made from African “kitenge” fabrics. Rugamba uses House of Tayo as a creative vehicle to dispel myths and showcase the “actual” African culture, lifestyle and heritage that many around the world do not see.

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Rwanda Partnering With Nokia And SRG To Deploy Smart City Technology

By Peter Pedroncelli

The Rwandan government will be working with Finnish mobile giants Nokia and local company SRG in the deployment of smart city technology solutions throughout the country. Nokia’s advanced capabilities in this arena will be used to deliver a secure and effective smart city solution for the East African nation, which will include a mission-critical access network, IP and cloud core networks, and Nokia’s ‘impact platform’, which will enable numerous applications related to the internet of things (IoT).

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