Rwanda Development Board wants to accelerate tourism development in the Rwanda with existing and new projects as a new approach of developing areas with high potential tourism value. A focus on the Kivu Belt and Lake Kivu with the development of new investment guidelines for the tourism sector. The investment guidelines will complement the previously developed Kivu Belt Submaster Plan.
The investment guidelines will serve as a strategic framework for public and private investments such as infrastructure and other tourism facilities and will include a strategic plans and guidelines for the implementation and development of the planned tourism infrastructure. The view will be to ensure improved services in the Kivu belt region to meet the demands of diversity of tourists. In addition to this it will ensure that all interested parties and entities will agree on the common vision, strategic directions, and programs while ensuring commitment, support, and cooperation and shared responsibilities in executing the plan.
At the moment, parts of the Kivu Belt have seen rapid touristic development along the shores of Lake Kivu while other parts are still very much undeveloped. In towns like Karongi and Rubavu, the entire shoreline has been developed without any plans or guidelines. These areas need to be planned and structured. Other attractive areas such as Nyamasheke and Rusizi have seen very little tourism investments. Karongi and Rubavu were were highlighted as specially interesting and marked as Destination Management Areas in the Submaster Plan which helped streamline investments. The new plan hopes to do the same for other areas.
The results of the work will not only be guidelines for investments, but also involves training of district authorities and other relevant officials of how to implement the plan in their other activities and local planning processes.
The development of the Kivu Belt Investment Guidelines will be overseen by RDB but will involve local and national stakeholders. The work is has commenced in September 2021 and experts to join the project are currently being recruited.
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The Kivu Belt DMU is a coalition of private and public tourism related actors working towards a common goal of developing the Kivu Belt as a sustainable adventure and eco-tourism destination.
The main objective is economic development and job creation in the Kivu Belt through sustainable development of tourism
The Kivu Belt is a part of Rwanda’s Chamber of Tourism