The media in the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) Member States has been called upon to play a key role in advancing sustainable basin-wide cooperation among the 10 Member States. This was during the opening ceremony of the five-day Regional Nile Media Training taking in Kigali, Rwanda.
"While the imperative of cooperation is well understood, it is not a given. As we continue in our quest to achieve sustainable basin-wide cooperation, to ensure the sustained generation of economic, social and environmental goods, continued support is required from a range of partners committed to the principles of peaceful and sustainable development - and it is no doubt that the media is one of our most crucial co-partners", said Rwanda's Minister of Natural Resources, Hon. Dr. Vincent Biruta. This was in his speech delivered by Dr. Emmanuel Nkurunziza, Director General of Rwanda Natural Resources Authority.
Hon. Dr. Biruta noted that the media is the most important immediate influence on shaping public opinion and understanding.
A total of 24 journalists, a minimum of two from each of the 10 NBI Member States and eight Communication Officers from the Ministries in charge of Water Affairs in each Member States are taking part in the training from 12-16 December, 2016.
The purpose of the training is to strengthen journalists' capacity and knowledge in understanding Nile Cooperation issues and enhance their skills so they popularize the issues among the Member States primarily.