Nile Basin Parliamentarians’ forum to assemble in Kigali

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KIGALI, Rwanda – Preparations have been concluded for the 2nd Nile Basin Parliamentarians Forum, to be held from 6th to 7th July, 2012 in Kigali, Rwanda at Hotel Des Mille Collines.

One hundred stakeholders including Members of Parliament from each of the 11 Nile Basin countries drawn from the committees of Natural Resources or other relevant parliament committees and representatives from Foreign Relations departments, from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs in the Nile Basin countries will participate.

Formally launched on 22 February 1999 in Dar- es- Salaam, Tanzania by the Nile Council of Ministers (Nile-COM) of Water Affairs of the Nile Basin countries, the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) provides a unique forum for these countries to move forward a cooperative process to realize tangible benefits in the Basin and build a solid foundation of trust and confidence.

Featuring under the theme:”The Role of Nile Basin Parliamentarians in Nurturing Cooperation.”NBI invited representatives of civil society, the media Nile Basin countries’ Diplomatic Missions based in Kigali as well as the governance and staff of NBI will also participate

The Forum forms an important component in the promotion of the Nile cooperation in line with the NBI Shared Vision, which is: “to achieve sustainable socio-economic development through the equitable utilization of, and benefit from, the common Nile basin water resources”.

deepening the common understanding and appreciation among Nile Basin Parliamentarians of the aims, objectives of the NBI and its sub-components and acquainting Parliamentarians with knowledge on common challenges faced by the Nile Basin countries and benefits from cooperation over the joint management and utilization of the common Nile Basin water resources are a part of the objectives of the Forum

Other objectives are building participation capacity of, and political support among, Parliamentarians for a network of Parliamentarians for inclusive political processes for collaborative and sustainable solutions to the future of the Nile cooperation as well as canvassing support of Parliamentarians to Nile Basin cooperation through enhanced networking among themselves as well as sustainability and ownership of the NBI.
Participants will also have an opportunity to visit one of the project sites coordinated under NBI, the Regional Rusumo Falls Hydroelectric Project for exchange of experience and appraise the benefits sharing model used among the three collaborating countries (Burundi, Rwanda, and Tanzania). Joint implementation of the project is due to start in 2014 by the three NBI Member States and commissioning is planned for 2017. This follows the signing of a Tripartite Agreement on 16th February 2012, by the Ministers in charge of electricity affairs in the three countries to record the progress in preparation of the Project and to reaffirm their intention to continue pursuing its financing and implementation.

The Regional Rusumo Falls Hydroelectric Project will have an installed capacity of 80 MW to be shared among the three countries. Each country will have an additional 27 MW of electricity and this will contribute to reduction in the current power shortage.

The 2nd Nile Basin Parliamentarians Forum is co-hosted by the Nile Basin Initiative and Rwanda’s Ministry of Natural Resources in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme and the Nile Basin Trust Fund.

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