Nile Council of Ministers Commended GWPEA Progress

The Nile Council of Ministers (NILE-COM) meeting held in Kigali, Rwanda on 5th July 2012, commended Global Water Partnership Eastern Africa (GWPEA) projects specifically Bugesera Transbandary Project implemented in the framework of WACDEP, and Adapting to Climate Change Induced Water Stress in River Nile Basin, a SIDA-UNEP funded project.

The two projects were designed to contribute towards addressing critical water security issues and climate resilience challenges in the Nile River Basin and Eastern Africa Community by demonstrating solutions at national and community levels.

GWPEA was commended during the meeting of Nile-Com Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) members and ministers. Members of the Nile-Com appreciated the progress made by GWPEA in supplementing the work of NBI further called for closer collaboration and synergy between GWPEA and Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) member countries.

The vote of appreciation a brief presentaton by Mr. Safari Patrick, the GWPEA Regional Coordinator to Nile-com comprised of 9 Ministers in charge of water affairs in the Nile Basin Riparian Countries.
The NILE-COM meeting was followed by  the Nile Basin Parliamentarian Forum Meeting held on 6-7th July. The theme of the Forum was: ‘The Role of Nile Basin Parliamentarians in Nurturing Nile Cooperation. The meeting called for “riparian governments to spearhead the establishment of a permanent institutional set up to enhance the Cooperation between the Nile Riparian Countries on a sustainable footing.”

The chief guest, Hon Emmanuel Mudidi, Member of Parliament from Rwanda, emphasized that “ integrated water resource management should be the guiding principle for achieving not only the sustainability of common water resources, but also regional integration, economic growth and economic development”