Dar hosts Nile Day celebrations

08Feb 2017
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Dar hosts Nile Day celebrations

TANZANIA is expected to host the Nile Day Celebrations that will bring together stakeholders from ten Nile Basin countries to debate on opportunities and highlight the importance of River Nile in the quest for food, water and energy security.

The event to be held in Dar es Salaam will enable member countries share experience, challenges and enhance cooperation amongst them.

The Nile Basin day is jointly organised by the ministry of Water and Irrigation in collaboration with the Nile Basin Initiatives (NBI)

Chief Spokesperson in the Ministry of Water and Irrigation Denis Kiluu told The Guardian yesterday that this year’s conference is themed “Our Shared Nile - Source of Energy, Food and Water for All”.

“Participants will delight in the rich and varied cultures, which exist within the Nile basin.” He said noting that Ministers in charge of water affairs in the Nile basin countries will also participate.

Kiluu noted that it is the first time that countries have jointly agreed to establish an all-inclusive basin-wide institution, to provide a forum for consultation and coordination among themselves.

He said participants will learn on the importance of sustainable Nile cooperation in ensuring energy, food and water security in the region as well as consequences of poor cooperation among the countries.

According to Kiluu, other participants will involve officials from the ministries whose activities touch on the management and development of the shared water resources namely water, energy, agriculture, foreign affairs and finance.

Participants also include Members of Parliament, development partners, researchers, academia, and civil society. Youth, Media school children and the general public.

NBI is an intergovernmental partnership of 10 Nile Basin countries, namely Burundi, Dr Congo, Egypt, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, The Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

The Nile day had previously been celebrated in different countries such as Rwanda, Ethiopia, Burundi, Uganda, DR Congo, Uganda, Sudan and Kenya.

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