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Irembo Kicks Off Phased Migration of All Services To It’s Brand New Platform

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IremboGov, Irembo’s pioneer product, has launched IremboGov 2.0, a new and improved version.

The launched took place on Wednesday morning at the Kigali Convention Centre in the presence of the Minister of Local Government (Minaloc), Prof Anastase Shyaka and the Minister  of ICT and Innovation, Paula Ingabire.

“We have listened to feedback from users and government institutions on what is working and what is not. IremboGov 2.0, our new and improved version, is a culmination of a long redesign process to achieve a more efficient user experience,” said Faith Keza, Irembo’s CEO during the launch.

The platform launched with only 22 local government services.

Over the next several months Irembo will enable over 70 more services.

Irembo partnered with MINALOC on IremboGov 2.0 first because local government services such as Marriage, Birth and Single Certificates are some of the most requested services today, contributing over 20% of all applications on IremboGov.

Of 3000 government officers that log in daily to IremboGov to serve citizens, 60% are MINALOC officers, and coincidentally, MINALOC was beginning to implement its own plan to fully digitize its services.

IremboGov 2.0 is 100% Made in Rwanda, launched in July 2015 and has since then digitized 98 public services, making it easier for over 8 million Rwandans and foreigners to access them.

Almost five years after coming into existence, Irembo is rebuilding and upgrading all IremboGov services to ensure that they are citizen-centric.

Meanwhile, changes on the platform can be made swiftly, to ensure the team, which is made up of Rwandan engineers can keep up with the evolving needs of citizens.

Some of the improvements citizens can expect from the 22 redesigned local government services include Zero-trip Zero Paper Services.

No physical paper or trips needed; all local government certificates are now digital.

Once a request has been approved, an email with the eCertificate will be sent to the applicant or they can return to the platform and download their document.

There is also Open Validity and Irembo Document Storage.

Where it makes sense, the documents citizens receive will be valid forever. For example, a Birth Certificate no longer expires after 3 months meaning citizens can apply for a Birth Certificate once and access it anytime they need it simply by logging in and downloading it.

This saves citizens time and money requesting the same documents over and over again.

Three Steps Only: All services have been reduced to only 3 steps: Apply, Review and Pay.

Where possible, attachments have been removed across the new platform.

IremboGov 2.0 uses integrated data from various government systems to ensure citizens aren’t asked for information that is already available to the government.

As such, for citizens’ data privacy, all accounts will be re-created to ensure the security of the owners information.

Three Steps Only:

All services have been reduced to only 3 steps: Apply, Review and Pay. Where possible, attachments have been removed across the new platform.

According to Keza, IremboGov 2.0 uses integrated data from various government systems to ensure citizens aren’t asked for information that is already available to the government. “For citizens’ data privacy, all accounts will be re-created to ensure the security of the owners information,” the CEO said.

In addition to these benefits, IremboGov 2.0 features an all-new simple, more user-friendly interface that enables a more pleasant user experience.

“We are excited to begin this journey with MINALOC and look forward to having 100 improved services on IremboGov 2.0 within the next few months with the support of our various government partners.” says Faith.

Minister Shyaka said the platform has facilitated efficient service delivery and at a negligible fee.

He gave and example that in the past month alone, almost 100,000 were offered in 28 districts. All the service, he said, were offered within 24 hours.

 

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Flights From Dubai To Nairobi Resume

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Kenya government has lifted a ban on flights from Dubai entering its territory ending a weeks-long dispute with the United Arab Emirates.

The East African nation had imposed a ban on all inbound and transit passenger flights from the Middle East nation two weeks ago. The ban was lifted Monday midnight, offering a major relief to hundreds of travellers between the two destinations.

The ban did not however affect cargo flights that are normally flown by carriers such as Kenya Airways (KQ) and Emirates airline from UEA into Kenya.

“Kenya shall do a NOTAM lifting the suspension of flights to and from UAE from midnight tonight (Monday),’’ said Gilbert Kibe Director-General Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA).

The ban came a few days after UAE extended the Kenya flight ban after it established that travellers from Nairobi were testing positive for Covid-19 after arrival in the Middle East nation, despite carrying negative test results.

Kibe said the scheme involved a racket of private medical testing centres that colluded with travellers to issue fake Covid-19 PCR results to aid their travel.

The Ministry of Health has however launched investigations into the matter with a view to bringing to book health officials who were involved in the shoddy deal that has now coasted Kenya millions of shillings in lost passenger revenues.

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Bralirwa Shares Trading Badly On Rwanda Stock Exchange

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Since the just concluded festive season, Rwanda’s largest brewer has not been in good books with its clients as retailers repeatedly complain of lack of some products and  sometimes rationing of beers.

“It is very hard to get grand Primus beers. Every time I send someone to get them from the depot we are told that distributors  haven’t supplied,” says Christine Nyiramariza a bar owner in Gatsibo district.

Trending on twitter is a very confusing situation of Amstel beer filled in Mutzig bottles.

According to Rwanda Stock Exchange, as of Friday, the value of Bralirwa share had dropped to Rwf124.

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Equity Bank Gets £37m From British Agency To Lend SMEs

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UK’s Minister for Africa, Vicky Ford MP (pictured above) said his government was extending a total of £37 million to Equity Bank Kenya for onward lending to small businesses.

“Our economic partnership is delivering impressive results, and we have some ambitious, exciting plans for the future. Plans that will deliver for Kenya, and for the UK, long into our shared future,” she said.

This money is being channeled through UK’s development finance institution British International Investment (BII) – formerly known as CDC Group. BII is a key part of the UK government’s wider plans to mobilise up to £8 billion a year of public and private sector investment in international projects by 2025.

This will include BII partnering with capital markets and sovereign wealth funds to scale up financing and help the private sector move in.

BII will prioritise sustainable infrastructure investment to provide clean, honest and reliable financing and avoid low and middle-income countries being left with bad and unsustainable debt.

Ford also stated that the UK will increase its support for green manufacturing in Kenya by providing an additional £400,000 to help Kenya build a green manufacturing industry, increasing its support to the Ministry of Trade and the wider Kenyan manufacturing sector in this area.

Green manufacturing was highlighted by President Kenyatta at COP26 as a key opportunity for Kenya to create new green jobs.

The funding through the UK’s Manufacturing Africa programme will provide expert analysis and advice on how government policy and the organised private sector can help build this industry and create new green jobs for Kenyans.

Kenya is already the third biggest portfolio for BII, with Sh42 billion investments across 83 companies. Those companies support 36,350 jobs and pay Sh2.6 billion in taxes.

“This is how we will deliver world-class projects, characterised by high standards and outstanding expertise, without forcing huge new debts onto countries such as Kenya,” she said.

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