FIFA Council Meeting: FIFA Delegates in Kigali for second inspection visit

Posted By: Saddam MIHIGO - On:24/05/2018
The World Soccer body, FIFA officials have started their second inspection visit in Kigali City in preparation for the eighth FIFA Council Meeting which will be held on October 25-26, 2018.

The delegation composed of six officials led by FIFA’s Senior Corporate Events Manager who is also the Project Lead for the upcoming FIFA Council Meeting, Madam Antonetta Santagata, arrived in the country on Tuesday night.

The delegation started their visit on Wednesday where they visited and held meetings on the FIFA Council Meeting Event Management, Protocol & Guest Services, and Security as well Transport aspects related to the all venues and facilities earmarked to be used during the meeting.

As part of the second inspection visit, the FIFA delegation alongside the FERWAFA team led by Executive Committee member Eng. Alexis Redamptus Nshimiyimana visited Radisson Blu and Kigali Convention Center, Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre and Kigali International Airport.

On Thursday, they will hold meetings with various stakeholders before ending their two-day inspection visit.

This visit follows the maiden visit which was held in early April where its focus was on the country’s top hotels which will host the FIFA Council Meeting in October.

The site visits where carried out at Radisson Blu and Kigali Convention Center, Kigali Marriott and Kigali Serena Hotel.

Kigali City was earmarked to host the meeting in March after last month’s council meeting held in Bogotá, Colombia.

The FIFA Council (formerly the FIFA Executive Committee) is an institution of FIFA (the governing body of association football, futsal and beach soccer).

It is the main decision-making body of the organization in the intervals of FIFA Congress. Its members are elected by the FIFA Congress. The council is a non-executive, supervisory and strategic body that sets the vision for FIFA and global football.

The new council is made up of the following individuals: The President, CONMEBOL: one vice-president and four members, AFC: one vice-president and six members, UEFA: three vice-presidents and six members, CAF: one vice-president and six members, CONCACAF: one vice-president and four members and OFC: one vice-president and two members.

The two-day meeting which attracts over 100 delegates from different confederations across the globe focuses on issues pertaining to the development of football.

Besides endorsing the decisions of the Bureau Council, the FIFA Council meeting also reviews reports that need to be endorsed from other committees such as governance, finance, development, organizing committee of FIFA competition, football stakeholders, member associations, players status, referees, medical and audit and compliance committees among others also meet on the sidelines to take decisions related to the sport. 

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