Kagame reassures investors as new luxury hotel is inaugurated

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Rwanda is ready to partner with investors to drive the country’s agenda to develop high-end tourism products which add value to the country’s economy, President Paul Kagame said.

He was Thursday inaugurating a luxury hotel at the foothills of Volcanoes National Park, in Musanze district.

Known as One & Only Gorilla’s Nest, the hotel was constructed by Dubai-based Kerzner International at about $65 million.

“We have here, One and Only property, in the one and only Rwanda. Thank you, we appreciate what you have invested in and with us. We have an obligation to make sure that we both benefit from this kind of investment,” said Kagame.

“The specifics of what this contributes to our economy and things that matter to our people and having like-minds have converged on always aiming high and creating high-end products.”

The hotel chain took over Nyungwe Forest Lodge about 3 years ago.

“Know that you are at home, away from home and this is how this investment is going to be treated, like our own and we will always keep trying to add value to it in many ways,” added Kagame.

Mohammed Al Shaibani, the chairman of Kerzner International, said they were excited to open another facility in Rwanda, calling it a fantastic opportunity for anyone who want to do business in Africa.

“What a gateway, what a standard that should be an inspiration for anybody in this region. Rwanda is a fantastic country, safe, perfect for business and one of the cleanest countries,” he said.

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