By Maniraguha Ferdinand
Rwanda has announced that it is entering in partnership with a French club, Paris Saint Germain Football Club to attract more tourists coming in Rwanda around the world.
This partnership comes a year after Rwanda signed another partnership with British football club, Arsenal in which Visit Rwanda brand was highlighted on Arsenal jersey, and Rwanda tourism being shown on Arsenal stadium and on its online platforms.
Through Rwanda Development Board (RDB), Rwanda announced that this partnership with Paris Saint-Germain Football Club will attract more French investors.
“Today Rwanda and PSG announce a unique and innovative partnership inviting the world to be part of the country’s inspiring transformation. The partnership will convey Rwanda’s openness to welcome business partnerships from France and across the world and share the country’s many opportunities for investment” the announcement reads on Twitter.
“For three seasons, the Paris Saint-Germain Football Club community and the world will have a unique opportunity to experience Rwanda’s breath-taking beauty, creative culture, innovative environment, and modern and distinctive” it adds.
Rwanda’s partnership with Arsenal brought controversy, with Netherlands members of Parliament asking their government to stop aiding Rwanda, emphasizing that they can’t accept that people’s money be used to advertise with a football club.
Money Rwanda pays Arsenal has not been disclosed, however in June this year, Rwanda Development Board told journalists that so far Rwanda has benefitted more than USD 38 million from that partnership.