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Rwanda dismisses critics of Arsenal sponsorship deal

Rwanda dismisses critics of Arsenal sponsorship deal

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<p>Rwanda has defended its decision to sponsor English football club side, Arsenal, following criticism from its Western allies.</p> <p>Rwanda signed a sponsorship and tourism promotion deal with Arsenal, establishing a commercial bond with President Paul Kagame’s favourite team.</p> <p>The deal, estimated to be worth $40 million (£30m) will have the ‘Visit Rwanda’ logo feature on the left shirt sleeve of all Arsenal’s teams next season.</p> <h3>Dutch parliament criticises Rwanda</h3> <p>While most Rwandans and Africans hailed Rwanda for its bold marketing strategy, the Dutch Parliament criticised the deal and tasked its aid minister Sigrid Kaag to look into the sponsorship deal.</p> <p>The MPs reportedly wanted to know how a country which receives so much aid can afford such an investment.</p> <p>One of the legislators said it was disheartening to see such payemnts being made, while the international community is trying to tackle poverty in the same country.</p> <p>Rwanda is one of 15 countries where the Netherlands focuses its aid efforts.</p> <h3><a href="http://www.africanews.com/2018/05/23/rwanda-becomes-arsenal-s-first-sleeve-sponsor-in-3-year-partnership/"target="_blank"><span class="caps">SUGGESTED</span> <span class="caps">READING</span>:Rwanda becomes Arsenal’s first sleeve sponsor in 3 year partnership</a></h3> <h3>Rwanda responds to criticism over Arsenal deal</h3> <p>The chief executive office of Rwanda Development Board, Clare Akamanzi however called critics of the deal ‘either ill-intentioned on ill-informed’.</p> <p>‘‘Anyone who criticizes our deal with Arsenal on account of Rwanda being poor or an aid recipient, either wishes for Rwanda to be perpetually so, or doesn’t understand that in any business, marketing costs are a key component of a company’s expenditures,’‘ Akamanzi said.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The Rwanda Development Board generates revenues from sale of tourism products, from which it uses a portion to market its products for further growth. The arsenal deal falls within this arrangement, just like our tourism exhibitions, sales consultancies etc 2/3</p>— Clare Akamanzi (@cakamanzi) <a href="https://twitter.com/cakamanzi/status/1000266612757467136?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 26, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>She added that Rwanda intends to double its tourism revenues to $800m by 2024, from $404m currently.</p> <p>‘‘Our national goal is to double tourism revenues to $800m by 2024, from $404m currently. This won’t happen by sitting and waiting, but by being proactive, and marketing Rwanda as a tourist destination in innovative ways.’‘</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Our national goal is to double tourism revenues to $800m by 2024, from $404m currently. This won’t happen by sitting and waiting, but by being proactive, and marketing Rwanda as a tourist destination in innovative ways. Now- Relax and let the world <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/VisitRwanda?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#VisitRwanda</a>. 3/3</p>— Clare Akamanzi (@cakamanzi) <a href="https://twitter.com/cakamanzi/status/1000266682823299073?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 26, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <h3>Rwanda’s foreign dependency</h3> <p>Rwanda is still highly dependent on foreign aid. 17% of its 2017/2018 budget was financed through foreign grants, with another 17% sourced from internally and externally secured loans. Domestic resources raised through tax and non tax revenues financed the remaining 66%.</p> <p>The World Bank has advised Rwanda to cut this dependency on foreign aid by mobilising more domestic resources and promoting domestic savings.</p>

Anyone who criticizes our deal with Arsenal on account of Rwanda being poor or an aid recipient, either wishes for Rwanda to be perpetually so, or doesn't understand that in any business, marketing costs are a key component of a company’s expenditures

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