Rwanda Development Board (RDB) in partnership with Nyamasheke district administration, has organised an investment meeting to showcase opportunities in the district.

Around 60 investors were taken on a guided tour of areas in the Western Province that present potential for investment in tourism and agribusiness.

Nyamasheke district’s tourism potential is boosted by Lake Kivu, Nyungwe National Park and the soon-to-be-inaugurated Gishwati National Park, and a network of roads including the Kivu belt road that make it easily accessible.

Speaking at the function that attracted over 300 participants from the private and public sectors, Ariella Kageruka, RDB Head of Tourism and Conservation said: “I have talked to several potential investors today and they are excited about the tourism potential that Nyamasheke district presents. As RDB, we are ready to support your investment plans in the district.”

Officiating at the event, Prof Shyaka Anastase, Minister of Local Government said: “Nyamasheke district is endowed with natural beauty that offers great potential for tourism. This potential needs to be exploited to have an impact on local transformation, but also tourism in general.”

Nsengiyumva Barakabuye, a local investor and chairman of Rwanda Hospitality Association said: “There is huge potential, especially in Nyungwe National Park, which is rich in fauna and flora. This is an addition to national historic monuments in the district.”

Tourism opportunities include tourism infrastructure along Lake Kivu and Nyungwe National Park. The area around the lake presents scenic views that could be exploited for the construction of hotels and other tourism facilities. The lake is also dotted with islands that could be developed for tourism activities.