Rwanda signs $818 million deal for new international airport

Rwandan troops who have returned from the Sudan's Darfur region walk past the U.S. Air Force One at Kigali International airport. File Photo©Thomas Mukoya/ReutersRwanda has signed a deal with the African division of Portuguese construction firm Mota-Engil to build an international airport at a cost of $818 million, the company and government officials said.

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AU launches African passport

File photo©ReutersThe African Union (AU) on Monday launched its continental passport at a ceremony witnessed by over 40 heads of state meeting at the 27th AU summit in Rwanda's capital, Kigali.

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African Union to launch e-passport in July

File photo©ReutersThe African Union will launch an electronic passport (e-passport) at its next summit in July as it prepares for a unified travel document for the continent.

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DRC's rebel stalemate

With the surrender of M23 in 2013, the vacuum has been filled by dozens of other armed groups. Photo©James Akena/ReutersAn estimated 70 militia groups are active in eastern DRC, with a spate of clashes in recent months. As the tally of displaced people rises, UN and government forces seem unable to shift the balance of power.

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AfDB Lusaka meeting off to a very Rwandan start

AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina. Photo©ReutersThe first day of the African Development Bank's Annual Meeting in Lusaka hit on the major themes that president Akinwumi Adesina has been pushing in his first term.

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Cashing in on the beautiful game of Football

Fans of English football file out after watching arsenal v. ManUina Nairobi slum. Photo©Noor Khamis/ReutersHuge fan bases on the continent are causing English Premier League clubs to ramp up sponsorship deals with African brands.

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World Economic Forum on Africa kicks off in Rwanda

President Paul Kagame. Photo©Michel Euler/AP/SIPARwanda's ambitions to become a global conference hub got a huge boost on Wednesday when President Paul Kagame opened the 26th annual World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa.

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Rwanda: Property bubble beckons in race to middle-income country

A view over parts of the capital Kigali, in Rwanda Sunday, April 6, 2014. Photo©Ben Curtis/AP/SIPAWhen property consultant Simon Ethangatta set up in Rwanda's capital in 2011, the view from his office was of tin shacks overlooked by modest suburban homes on the wooded hillsides.

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Planned cities and the future

EKO ATLANTIC, LAGOS 25,000 homes and flood protection for Victoria Island in Lagos, Nigeria One of the objectives of Sustainable Development Goals is to have sustainable cities that provide opportunities for all, including access to basic services, energy, housing and transport. Some African cities like Lagos and Kigali are on the move.

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El Nino phenomenon to slow Rwanda's economic growth from 7 to 6.3 per cent

John Rwangombwa, Rwanda's central bank chief. Photo©Screen ShotRwanda's economic growth is likely to slow to 6.3 percent this year from an estimated 7 percent last year, mainly due to smaller expansions in the agriculture, construction and services sectors, the central bank chief said on Thursday.

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Museveni seeks Chinese funding for east African railway

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. Photo©ReutersUgandan President Yoweri Museveni wants the Chinese government to prioritise the building of a railway line linking Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo said on Friday.

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Rwanda: The most serious threats to Kagame’s leadership come from within his party

Photos© All rights reservedOn 8 October, Rwanda's supreme court ruled that President Paul Kagame could run for a third term in 2017, dismissing the opposition Democratic Green Party's lawsuit challenging any potential amendments to the constitution's two-term limit.

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Tanzania: Life after Kikwete

Photos© All rights reservedThe new president will be under pressure to chart a new course in the region

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Rethinking democracy and development

Franklin Cudjoe, head of Ghana thinktank IMANI, points to the phenomenon of the 'imperial presidency'. Photo©Francis KokorokoResults from surveys show that an answer to the question of what should take precedence - democracy or development - couldn't be more burning.

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Rwanda Country Profile 2015: Political and security rifts

altAlthough the government will try to keep the spotlight on Rwanda's economic advances, it will become increasingly difficult to disguise the political rifts within the ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF).

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Democracy: Vote and vote again but forget the term limits

altBack in January, 2015 was being hyped as the year of African elections – not because of any great democratic dispensation but because of the neatness of the five in 2015 coinciding with the end of one term of office or another.

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Innovation in technology changing development in Africa

Photo©ReutersAfrica's technology experts, decision makers and innovators are gathering in Cape Town this week to look at the growth areas of technology on the continent.

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Rwanda: Kagame's rule may be extended as MPs back constitution change

File photo©ReutersRwanda's lower house of parliament voted on Thursday to allow President Paul Kagame to extend his rule beyond a second term that ends in 2017 and possibly stay on until 2034, a move opposed by the United States and other donors.

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RwandAir buys two Airbus planes, eyes under-served destinations across Africa

RwandAir has signed a deal to buy two planes from Airbus as part of its expansions plans.

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Growth: Jobs, jobs and more jobs

Photos© Gwenn Dubourthoumieu for JAWithin 35 years Africa will have the world's biggest workforce – finding jobs for them is the top priority for governments throughout the continent as economic conditions get tougher

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