Nile Ministers Want projects implemented


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The Ministers say implementation of the projects will foster cooperation among member countries and avoid conflicts over trans-boundary water resources.

Ministers in charge of Water in the Nile Basin countries have called for scaling up the implementation of the projects so as to benefit member states.
The Ministers meeting in the Kenyan capital Nairobi on Wednesday said the implementation of projects would as well increase socio-economic benefits for the  communities and  further enhance Nile cooperation.
The Ministers in a statement commended progress of the construction of the Regional Rusumo Falls Hydroelectric project. The project, located at Rusumo Falls on River Kagera at the Rwanda-Tanzania border, will generate approximately 80MWs to be shared equally between Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania.
It is one of the regional projects under the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) aimed at fulfilling acute electricity shortage among the three countries.

Its construction is scheduled to start by January 2017 and be completed by February 2020.
The Ministers who include Uganda's Minister of Water and Environment, Cheptoris Sam were meeting at their annual Nile Equatorial Lakes Council of Ministers (NELCOM)
They agreed to mainstream investment projects prepared by the Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program Coordination Unit within their national development plans for implementation so as to contribute to energy, water and food security for the communities in the Nile Basin.
The 2016/17 work-plan of Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program Coordination Unit was approved with a budget of 12.5 million US Dollars.