On August 13, 2018, Burundi will host the 26th Annual Nile Council of Ministers’ (Nile-COM) meeting in Bujumbura.
On this day, Ministers in charge of Water Affairs from the 10 Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) Member States will meet to discuss and provide strategic guidance and direction on cooperative management and development of the shared Nile Basin water resources so as to contribute to improved quality of life of Nile Basin citizens. They will also consider the NBI annual workplan and budget, review performance the previous year’s performance and make decisions relating to the financing strategies and resource mobilisation action plan. Also, documents supporting implementation of the 5-year strategy will be presented for approval.
In addition, Burundi will assume political leadership of the NBI from Ethiopia. Accordingly, Burundi’s Minister of Environment, Agriculture and Livestock, Hon. Deo Guide Rurema will succeed Ethiopia’s Minister of Water, Irrigation and Electricity, Hon. Dr Seleshi Bekele.
Traditionally, NBI Member States follow the alphabetical order in assuming both the political and management leadership. However, Burundi, which was supposed to have hosted and inherited the mantle of leadership after Uganda, was not in position to do so at the time. Additionally, the position of Executive Director of the NBI Secretariat will transfer from Rwanda to South Sudan.
Prior to the Nile-COM meeting, Nile Technical Advisory Committee (Nile-TAC) members will meet on August 11-12, 2018 to discuss the annual work plan, budget and documents supporting the 5-year strategy, among others, which will be presented to the Nile-COM for consideration for approval.