The Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) on Friday officially launched its Regional Development Office for East Africa, which was recently moved from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to Kigali.
The FIFA regional office will have its headquarters in Nyarugenge district, in the new I&M Bank building. The official launch was graced by FIFA President Gianni Infantino, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Vincent Biruta and the Minister of Sports, Aurore Mimosa Munyangaju.
Also present at the launch was Rtd. Brig-Gen Sekamana Jean Damascene, president of Rwanda Football Federation (Ferwafa) and other diginitaries.
Other FIFA offices are located in India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay Senegal, Barbados, United States of America, Paraguay, and South Africa.
FIFA moved its headquarters from Ethiopia to Kigali city in the signed contract with the new host Rwanda on 4 January 2021.
Talking to the media in January, Sports Minister, Aurore Mimosa Munyangaju said that the agreement was approved after FIFA expressed to Rwanda its desire to open one of its Regional Development Offices (RDO) in Kigali city.
Munyangaju then, said that FIFA’s interest to open its offices in Rwanda will benefit local Football.