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About Michael
Jonah Michael Mugisha is a Senior Producer and news anchor at CNBC Africa. Journalist, fixer, corporate MC and moderator based in Kigali, Rwanda.
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GDP is important but we must go beyond Ggoobi’s thesis

20 Feb 2024  |  www.monitor.co.ug
Michael Buteera Mugisha critiques Mr Ggoobi's view on the importance of GDP, arguing that it offers an uncritical and one-sided explanation. He points out the discrepancy between Uganda's GDP growth and rising poverty levels, questioning the assumption that GDP growth equates to increased happiness and prosperity for all. Mugisha suggests that a good thesis should account for the variation in GDP structure and its different impacts on society, and that economists should integrate political economy and sociological insights to better understand GDP growth variations.

More and more debt: Welcome the new normal

08 Jan 2024  |  monitor.co.ug
The article discusses Uganda's significant national debt, which stands at $23 billion, nearly half the size of the country's economy. It criticizes the current economic management under Mr. Ramathan Ggoobi, noting the approval of supplementary budgets without funds and subsequent borrowing. The stagnation of Uganda's tax revenue at 13% of GDP for over a decade is highlighted, alongside the Uganda Revenue Authority's (URA) high tax rates at low income levels. The article also points out the persistent current account deficit and the failure of economic policies to transform the economy, leading to limited opportunities for workers and investors. It mentions Uganda's high entrepreneurial activity but notes it is driven by survival rather than innovation. The decline in agriculture productivity and marginal growth in manufacturing are seen as indicators of the failure of the economic model promoted by the Bank of Uganda, Ministry of Finance, and international advisors. The article calls for a rethinking of this model, focusing on growing exports, production, and productivity.

Efficacy of Single-Dose Praziquantel for the Treatment of Schistosoma mansoni Infections among School Children in Rwanda

15 Sep 2023  |  mdpi.com
The article discusses the public health challenge of schistosomiasis, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa where over 90% of the global burden exists. It highlights the socioeconomic impacts of the disease, which predominantly affects school-aged children, leading to various health issues including growth retardation and cognitive impairment. The World Health Assembly has endorsed mass drug administration (MDA) with praziquantel (PZQ) and albendazole to combat this. Despite MDAs in Rwanda, high prevalence rates persist, raising concerns about PZQ efficacy and potential drug resistance. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends regular monitoring of drug efficacy, especially after several rounds of MDA. The article emphasizes the importance of continued vigilance in monitoring drug resistance to ensure the effectiveness of schistosomiasis control programs.

Efficacy of Single-Dose Albendazole for the Treatment of Soil-Transmitted Helminthic Infections among School Children in Rwanda—A Prospective Cohort Study

15 Feb 2023  |  mdpi.com
The article discusses the prevalence of soil-transmitted helminth (STH) infections, which are a significant public health burden in tropical and subtropical regions, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, the Americas, China, and East Asia. It highlights the World Health Assembly's endorsement of mass drug administration (MDA) to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with STHs, specifically targeting pre-school and school-aged children. Despite efforts, many countries, including Rwanda, have not met the WHO's goal of eliminating STH as a public health problem by 2020. The article emphasizes the importance of monitoring anthelmintic drug efficacy, particularly the egg reduction rate (ERR), and mentions the need for regular assessments and potential strategies to prevent drug resistance. It also notes that while albendazole has been widely used and is well-tolerated, its co-administration with praziquantel in areas where STH and schistosomiasis are co-endemic requires efficacy monitoring. The article concludes with the mention of a study conducted in Rwanda to monitor the efficacy of single-dose albendazole among STH-infected school children.

Trust networks often undermine democracy

03 Oct 2022  |  monitor.co.ug
The article discusses the impact of trust networks on democracy, particularly how they can both support and undermine democratic processes. Trust networks, which include kinship groups, religious organizations, and professional associations, historically tend to avoid political involvement. While they can promote social capital and ethical values, they may also limit broader democratic engagement by segmenting citizens and reinforcing the role of intermediaries, which can reduce direct citizen participation in politics. The author suggests that democracy may be revitalized by external pressures that trust networks cannot manage, such as economic crises. The current global economic challenges, exacerbated by post-Covid supply chain issues and the energy crisis due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, could lead to increased political mobilization that transcends trust networks and fosters a citizen-led movement demanding state responsiveness.

Teaching critical thinking about health using digital technology in lower secondary schools in Rwanda: A qualitative context analysis

22 Mar 2021  |  journals.plos.org
The article discusses a qualitative study aimed at exploring the conditions for teaching critical thinking about health interventions using digital technology in Rwandan lower secondary schools. The study used document review, interviews, focus group discussions, and observations to gather data. It found that the Rwandan curriculum emphasizes critical thinking as a key competence, and health topics are integrated across various subjects. However, there is a variation in teachers' understanding and teaching of critical thinking, and critical thinking about health is not explicitly taught. The study also revealed that most public schools have computers and internet connectivity, but the use of ICT in teaching is limited due to low computer-to-student ratios. The conclusion is that there is a need for digital learning resources to develop critical thinking skills, particularly about health, which can be incorporated within the existing curriculum and used flexibly across subjects.

RH Bophelo's Expansion to East Africa and its Impact on Healthcare

01 Jun 2020  |  podcasters.spotify.com
RH Bophelo, a majority black-owned healthcare group listed on the JSE, with a market cap of R 578,741,250 and owning over 20 hospital facilities in South Africa, is expanding its reach to East Africa with a secondary listing on the Rwandan Stock Exchange. CEO Quinton Zunga and Rwanda Stock Exchange CEO Pierre Celestin Rwabukumba discuss the company's commitment to transforming the healthcare sector in Africa. RH Bophelo aims to increase access to quality healthcare through private-public partnerships and support of governments. The move is seen as a response to the current health crisis, with the private sector playing a crucial role in managing the crisis and mitigating economic impacts. The listing date is set for June 1, 2020, marking the start of a new era for healthcare in Africa.

Rwanda to host East Africa capital markets day Rwanda will host the inaugural East Africa capital markets day under the theme: Showcasing East Africa's Economic Vibrancy and the capital market's place within the region. Celestin Rwabukumba, CEO of Rwanda Stock Exchange joins CNBC Africa to tell us more about this. https://www.cnbcafrica.com/videos/...

World Bank’s Makhtar Diop talks on boosting Africa’s digital economy Findings by the World Bank Group suggest that new infrastructure could cost developing countries between 2 and 8 per cent of GDP per year to 2030, depending on the quality & quantity of service and the countries’ spending efficiency. On the side-lines of the recently concluded Transform Africa Summit 2019, CNBC Africa spoke to Makhtar Diop, World Bank Vice President for Infrastructure for more on infrastructure and boosting the continent's digital economy. https://www.cnbcafrica.com/videos/...

AfDB’s PierreGuislain speaks about the cost of realising a digital economy With all this talk about "boosting Africa’s digital economy" during the now concluded Transform Africa Summit, CNBC Africa spoke to the Vice President of Infrastructure at the African Development Bank Pierre Guislain for his thoughts on the feasibility and costs involved.

Why Africa needs to harness the digital economy At the 5th Regional Forum for the Partnership for Skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET) happening in Kigali, African countries are encouraged to invest in digital skills among the youth in higher learning institutions and TVETs to harness the potential of technologies. CNBC Africa spoke with Hafez Ghanem, Vice President for Africa, World Bank for more on this. https://www.cnbcafrica.com/videos/...

Somali Stock Exchange: Challenges and achievements A few years ago, Somali stock Exchange was created with the aim to attract investment and accelerate reconstruction of post-conflict Somalia. CNBC Africa spoke to Hassan Dudde, Chief Executive Officer to share more on the achievements. https://www.cnbcafrica.com/videos/...

NBA names Amadou Fall President for Basketball Africa League The National Basketball Association has today named NBA Vice President and Managing Director for Africa, Amadou Gallo Fall as President of the Basketball Africa League.

Can Africa’s oil and gas lead social & economic revitalisation? Africa has considerable oil and gas resources that can help accelerate growth on the continent if used strategically. NJ Ayuk, Founder and CEO of Centurion Law Group wrote a book on the Future of African Energy breaking down what the continent should do to leverage the resources. He joins CNBC Africa for more.

Rwanda moves to develop e-Commerce projects Recently, the Rwanda ICT Chamber, MITEC, MINICOM and the ITC signed a memorandum of understanding that will see the international trade centre will provide technical assistance and financial support to the Rwanda ICT Chamber to realise an e-Commerce development project. Alex Ntale CEO of the Rwanda ICT Chamber joins CNBC Africa for more....

Bank of Kigali reports increase in Q1 income Bank of Kigali reported a net income of about $8.3 million in its first quarter results, an increase of 23.4 per cent compared to the previous year. Nathalie Mpaka, Chief Financial Officer at Bank of Kigali joins CNBC Africa for more.

How Rwanda is tackling depression, PTSD According to Partners in Health, one in every four Rwandans suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and nearly one in every six adults suffers from depression. In this discussion we seek to understand how Rwanda a country that has seen tremendous growth in the past 25 years can benefit on counselling and training services for the better health of the households and business. Managing Director and Certified Professional Counsellor at the Lighthouse Counselling and Training Centre, Kelly Johnson Gahaya joins CNBC Africa for more.

Nazaru CEO Toyin Umesiri on why you need to trade with Africa The largest free trade area since the creation of the world trade organisation is set to launch this July the 7th. Founder and CEO of Nazaru, Toyin Umesiri joins CNBC Africa for more.

Here’s what’s needed to turn Africa’s integration into a business opportunity With the African Continental Free Trade Area getting closer and closer to fruition, CNBC Africa's Michael Mugisha spoke to Ade Adeyemi, CEO of Pan African banking conglomerate, Ecobank, on what it takes to turn continental integration efforts into business reality. http://cnbc.africa/videos/...

Aviation Special: The Need for Aviation to Achieve Sustainable Growth in Africa The topic for this CNBC Africa Special is “The Need for Aviation to Achieve Sustainable Growth in Africa”. According to IATA, current trends in air transport suggest passenger numbers will grow to 8.2 billion travellers globally in 2037. CNBC Africa’s Michael Mugisha speaks to a panel of three aviation experts.

Why infrastructure investment is vital for AfCFTA – KPMG Africa Chair For Africa's massive free trade area to fruition, investment in infrastructure both soft and hard infrastructure is very critical. On the side-lines of the Africa CEO Forum CNBC Africa's Michael Mugisha sat down with KPMG Africa's Chairman Kunle Elebute for more. http://cnbc.africa/videos/...

Rwandans in remembrance walk to commemorate 1994 genocide Rwanda commenced the 100 days of remembrance on the 24th commemoration of the 1994 genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi. This Saturday, walk to remember a youth initiative saw thousands do a one kilometre distance walk from the Rwandan parliament to Stade Amahoro. CNBC Africa’s Michael Mugisha was on ground to file this report.

Is Africa ready for basketball Africa League? In light to the signing and announcement of the Basket Ball Africa league expected to kick off early 2020, the hand game's infrastructure development is on the rise around the continent. CNBC Africa's Michael Mugisha spoke to NBA Africa Vice President and Managing Director Amadou Gallo Fall, to look into the future of the game in Africa. https://www.cnbcafrica.com/videos/...

BUA Group’s Abdulsamad Rabiu on the importance of the AfCFTA Abdulsamad Rabiu, Chairman of BUA Group says the African Continental Free Trade Agreement is important for the private sector as it would help to achieve the post-2015 and 2063 agenda. He discussed this with CNBC Africa’s Michael Mugisha. http://cnbc.africa/videos/...

Rwanda Minister Rosemary Mbabazi reveals plan to empower youth By 2012, Rwanda's youth population reached 40 per cent of the country's entire population. With the population growth estimated at 2.45 per cent in 2017, Rwanda's Minister for Youth Rosemary Mbabazi joins CNBC Africa's Michael Mugisha to discuss the country's efforts in creating an enabling environment for youth socio-economic empowerment on this CNBC Africa Special....

Mauritius’ ambitious vision to be Africa’s top financial hub On the side-lines of the 7th edition of the Africa CEO Forum in Kigali, Rwanda, CNBC Africa's Michael Mugisha sat down with Mauritius minister of Financial services and good governance Hon. Dharmendar Sesungkur and the Chief Executive officer of the Economic Development Board of Mauritius, Francois Guibert to discuss matters investment, the ambitious vision to become Africa's financial hub and more. http://cnbc.africa/videos/...

KCB CEO Joshua Oigara lays out strategy for growth Kenya Commercial Bank seeks to set up subsidiaries in Ethiopia, Somalia and the DR Congo as part of its growth strategy. CNBC Africa's Michael Mugisha sat down With KCB Group CEO, Joshua Oigara for more on this....

Rwanda mobile penetration rate to hit 81.8% in 2018 Good news in mobile telecommunications as we wrap up 2018 with a remarkable growth as it hits nearly 10 million subscribers with Airtel-Tigo leading the market with about 5.1 million subscribers compared to MTN Rwanda that has 3.5 million subscribers. Patrick Nyirishema, Director General of Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency joins CNBC Africa’s Michael Mugisha for more on this....

Investment opportunities in Rwanda’s Spirits Industry With the global alcoholic beverage market expected to reach $1,594 billion by 2020, CNBC Africa's Michael Mugisha seeks to understand how this sector has fared for the past 8 years since premium liquor brands started producing in Rwanda. http://cnbc.africa/videos/...

Understanding the ‘Nguriza Nshore’ project In 2018, the United States Agency for International Development launched a five year project Nguriza Nshore that loosely translates ‘Lend so I may invest’ to help small and medium firms in Rwanda raise capital and scale their investment in the agricultural sector. CNBC Africa's Michael Mugisha sat down with the U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda Peter Vrooman for a better understanding of this project. http://cnbc.africa/videos/...

Rwanda improves ease of doing business According to the latest release of the World Bank doing business report, Rwanda improved 11 places to rank 29th from 41st position as of last. CNBC Africa's Michael Mugisha sat down with Rwanda Development Board's Chief Executive Clare Akamanzi, for the way forward to 2020 reforms. http://cnbc.africa/videos/...

Buravan launches first album after solid 4 years in the industry RnB sensation, Yvan Buravan, launched his first ever studio album after 4 years of hit music. CNBC Africa’s Michael Mugisha sat down with him, for a discussion around the industry. http://cnbc.africa/videos/...

Rwanda edges closer to self-reliance through efficient revenue collection Twenty years since Rwanda Revenue Authority was established, the taxman has made momentous contributions to the country's economy. On this episode on Doing Business in Rwanda, CNBC Africa’s Michael Mugisha takes a deep dive into taxation matters in the country. http://cnbc.africa/videos/...

The cost of running for political office in Rwanda As the parliamentary elections in Rwanda draw closer, political parties and independent candidates have been hitting the campaign trail to seek for votes. The National Electoral Commission has approved over 500 to contest for the 80 seats up for grabs in the September 2nd and 3rd vote. Kenneth Agutamba, Communications Specialist spoke with CNBC Africa’s Michael Mugisha about the money aspect in these elections. http://cnbc.africa/videos/...

How coffee can change your life As Rwanda’s coffee finds its seat in the international coffee market, the country is currently working on increasing the crop production to hit close to 24500 tons in exports in 2018. For more CNBC Africa’s Michael Mugisha filed this report.


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