Tanzanian VP Underscores Nile Water Cooperation

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Tanzanian Vice President, Samia Suluhu Hassan says cooperation in managing the shared Nile Basin water resources is key for the regions development.

Tanzanian Vice President, Samia Suluhu Hassan says cooperation in managing the shared Nile Basin water resources is key for the region's development.
 
Suluhu Hassan in a speech, during commemorations to mark the regional Nile Day, said with that cooperation in place, the Nile Basin member states will achieve Sustainable Development Goal Number Six on Water.
 
She was addressing Ministers and water officials at the Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre in Dar-es-Salaam. The Nile Day is an event held to commemorate the establishment of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) on 22nd February 1999. The initiative has played a leading role in minimising conflicts that were emerging regarding the shared trans-boundary resources especially River Nile.  
 
This year's commemoration event was under the theme  'Our Shared Nile - Source of Energy, Food and Water for All'.
 
Suluhu Hassan said the theme provided yet another opportunity to highlight the importance of River Nile in the quest for food, water and energy security in the Basin.
 
She said the theme is timely and relevant given the prevailing drought conditions affecting most of the Nile Basin Countries where hydropower, food and water availability has been drastically affected.
 
"There is no doubt that collaboration and cooperation is the best approach for managing our precious water resources as we cope with the prevailing drought conditions," she said
 
She added that water, by its nature, is not bound by man-made boundaries, which should be a reason for countries to cooperate.
 
Uganda's Water and Environment Minister, Sam Cheptoris, said before the Nile Basin Initiative, countries were pursuing social economic development based on unilateral aspirations on shared water resources.
 
Cheptoris who is the  Chairman of the Nile Council of Ministers, says the regional  platform under Nile Basin Initiative has led to a paradigm shift to more holistic planning, with countries realising that there is more to gain in cooperative development than unilateral efforts.
 
Nile Basin Initiative Secretariat Executive Director, Eng. Innocent Ntabana, said the close interrelationships between water, energy and food calls for "our balancing of the act of exploitation to ensure sustainability for our future generations".
 
The Nile Basin Initiative brings together 10 countries including Uganda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan and Tanzania and Uganda. Eritrea participates as an observer.