The 12th Regional Nile Day to be celebrated in Ethiopia

The Nile Basin Initiative in partnership with the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity is organizing the 2018 Regional Nile Day Celebrations in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The 12th Regional Nile Day to be celebrated in Ethiopia The Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) in partnership with the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity, Federal Democratic Republic Government of Ethiopia (FDRE) is organizing the 2018 Regional Nile Day Celebrations in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Ethiopia is hosting these Celebrations for the third time.

The Nile Day Celebrations are held annually on February 22 hosted by Member countries and are organized in partnership with NBI. During this one-day event key stakeholders, including Ministers, NBI management and professionals, civil society organizations, development partners and a range of invited participants from across the Nile Basin and beyond will converge in Addis Ababa.

Nile Day is held to commemorate the establishment of the Nile Basin Initiative on February 22, 1999 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania by riparian countries of the Nile. On Nile Day, all stakeholders and friends of the Nile take stock of and celebrate their common achievements while also looking ahead and preparing for future challenges and opportunities.

This colourful event will take off by a Brass band-led Procession of Participants from Meskel Square to the UN Conference Centre, where the main program will take place. The event includes performance by Children's choir, speeches by the Guest of Honour, Nile Basin Countries' Ministers of Water affairs, NBI officials and other dignitaries. A 3-hour symposium titled "Towards effective Nile cooperation: exploring options for enhanced political engagement" will be a main feature where key policy issues pertaining to the sustainable management and development of the common Nile resources will be deliberated on.

ENDS ABOUT THE NILE BASIN INITIATIVE

The Nile Basin Initiative is a regional intergovernmental partnership launched by the Nile Basin countries on 22nd February, 1999 to manage and develop the shared Nile Basin water resources in a cooperative manner, share substantial socio-economic benefits and promote regional peace and security. NBI Member States are:Burundi, DR Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. Eritrea participates as observer.

The partnership is guided by a Shared Vision Objective: ‘To achieve sustainable socio-economic development through equitable utilization of, and benefit from, the common Nile Basin water resources'.

The institutional setup of NBI is informed by the principle of subsidiarity, hence the three NBI Centres: A Regional Secretariat (Nile-SEC) based in Entebbe, Uganda is the executive arm responsible for overall corporate direction.

Two Subsidiary Action Program offices namely the Eastern Nile Technical Regional Office (ENTRO) based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program Coordination Unit (NELSAP-CU) based in Kigali, Rwanda are responsible for preparing investment projects of regional significance in three key areas namely Energy, Agriculture and River Basin Management.

February 14, 2018/Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity/