Kampala: The first Deputy Prime Minister and Minster for East African Community Affairs Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga has urged African member states sharing the Nile River to strengthen their ties to ensure effective sharing and management of the water resource.
She made the remarks at the closure of the three-day 7th Nile Basin Development Forum (NBDF) on Tuesday at Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort in Kampala.
She said that dialogues that the delegates have had in the past set a firm ground to start a journey of intensified collaboration for the best interest of member states.
“The Nile is not just a source of life but a symbol that binds us altogether. You have reaffirmed that the future of the Nile basin rests not just on the hands of one nation but the collective commitment of all the stakeholders,” adding that the discussions underscore the necessity and importance of cooperation among member states for future survival and thriving of the Nile basin.
The Nile Basin Development Forum (NBDF) is a high-level regional event convened every three years by the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) in collaboration with its Member States and in partnership with development partners. The event is a science-policy dialogue that provides an opportunity for sharing latest information, knowledge and best practices as well as building partnerships among professionals, in trans-boundary water resources management and development.
The objectives of the Forum are to build common understanding on the status of the water and natural resources base of the Nile Basin among stakeholders, examine the shared complex challenges and exchange perspectives on the solutions for addressing these challenges. Six editions of the NBDF have taken place, with the last held on February 22nd to 7th May 2021 in Addis Ababa Ethiopia.
NBDF forums are attended by a broad range of stakeholders who include ministers in charge of water and foreign affairs in Nile riparian countries, other senior government officials, parliamentarians, water resource managers, river basins organizations, economists, environmentalists, development planners, academics, researchers, media practitioners, civil society, local and international NGOs, UN agencies, and private individuals and corporations.