Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Rwanda's tourism sector.
Qatar Airways Chairman Akbar al-Baker on February 5 confirmed rumours that the Gulf carrier is in talks to acquire a 49% stake in RwandAir. This follows a deal in December relating to the construction of a new 1.3-billion-dollar international airport outside Kigali, in which Qatar Airways will take a 60% stake. The deals will provide a major boost to President Paul Kagame’s long-standing efforts to use tourism as a major driver of economic growth. However, challenges remain that could threaten this vision.