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ENTEBBE, Uganda - The government of the Republic of Burundi in partnership with the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) is organising the official launch of The Year of The Nile Basin, scheduled to take place early next week.

As the country holding the position of chairman of the Nile Council of Ministers (Nile-COM), highest decision making body of the Nile Basin Initiative,  Burundi’s Minister of Environment, Agriculture and Livestock, Hon. Deo-Guide Rurema will, on behalf of the NBI Member States preside over the launch activities on January 27 - 28, 2019. Activities will include a press conference and tree planting at the most distant source of the River Nile in Rutovu.

The launch follows a decision by Ministers in charge of Water Affairs in the Nile Basin countries, during their 26th annual Nile Council of Ministers held in Bujumbura in August 2018, to declare 2019 as The Year of the Nile Basin. 

The Year of the Nile Basin under the motto: ‘Putting Water at the Heart of Regional Transformation’, is dedicated to highlight the role that transboundary water must play in the conversations Nile Basin countries have about the present and future regional development. The emphasis is on ensuring equitable utilisation and win-win benefits for society and the environment alike. Ultimately, it will also contribute to maintain regional peace and security.

The official launch is organised with the support from the European Union and the Federal German government.