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NBI Presents at the 9th World Water Forum – Dakar, Senegal

The 9th World Water Forum kicked off on 22 March 2022 in Dakar, Senegal. The first of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa, and organized by the World Water Council, these series of forums aims to “enhance dialogue of the decision-making process on water at the global level, seeking to achieve the rational and sustainable use of this resource.”

Speaking to a large audience in Dakar, the Executive Director of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) Secretariat, Eng. Sylvester A. Matemu presented NBI’s experiences in project development, highlighting its role in supporting Nile cooperation since 1999 by drawing out NBI’s unique experience and expertise in implementing transboundary water resources projects.

This year’s theme was, “Water Security for Peace and Development” and NBI’s technical expertise was further expounded on by its Deputy Executive Director, Dr. Michael Kizza, who elaborated on NBI’s experience in the development of the Nile River Basin Management Plan and the Basin Investment Programme, explaining that they are tools for the cooperative management and development of water resources.

Dr. Salih Hamad Hamid, the Executive Director of the Eastern Nile Technical Regional Office (ENTRO) and Dr. Eng. Isaac Alukwe, the Regional Coordinator for the Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Programme (NELSAP), also shared experiences on the development of investment projects in the Nile Basin, highlighting challenges, successes and lessons learned. 

It is important to note that NBI’s shared vision objective is, “To achieve sustainable socio-economic development through equitable utilization of, and benefit from, the common Nile Basin water resources.”

 Executive Director of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) Secretariat Elected as President of the African Network of Basin Organisations (ANBO)

The Executive Director of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) Secretariat, Eng. Sylvester A. Matemu, was elected as President of the African Network of Basin Organisations (ANBO) in Dakar, Senegal, during the 9th World Water Forum, which took place from 22-27 March 2022.

The ANBO, which was created in Dakar, Senegal in July 2002, as an international non-profit organisation was established to respond to the need to coordinate and strengthen cooperation among African Basin Organisations.

The ANBO is comprised of transboundary basin organisations, transboundary groundwater commissions/cooperation frameworks, and the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW).

Congratulations, NBI!

  The Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) Secretariat Meets Ethiopia’s Minister of Water and Energy

During the 9th World Water Forum in Dakar, Senegal, representatives from NBI met with Ethiopia’s Minister of Water and Energy, Dr. Eng. Habtamu Itefa, who is also a member of the Nile Council of Ministers (Nile-COM).


The Executive Director of NBI Secretariat, Eng. Sylvester A. Matemu, expressed his gratitude to the minister for Ethiopia’s continued support of NBI’s work. He noted that right from NBI’s establishment in 1999, Ethiopia has been at the forefront in nurturing the institution to deliver on its mandate, which is, “To achieve sustainable socio-economic development through equitable utilization of, and benefit from, the common Nile Basin water resources.”

Furthermore, Eng. Matemu thanked the minister for supporting NBI financially through regular country contributions. In turn, the Executive Director emphasised NBI’s commitment to continuing to support countries’ efforts in strengthening transboundary water cooperation.

Dr. Eng. Itefa, on his part, thanked Eng. Matemu for organising a meeting with NBI staff, noting that this was his first opportunity to meet and engage with the entire NBI family since he took up the position of Minister of Water and Energy. He thanked the team for the good work achieved in showcasing NBI’s work at the 9th World Water Forum. He reiterated the expectations of the Nile Basin Member States, expressing his belief that NBI will continue on delivering their mandate to the satisfaction of the Nile Basin Member States.

Also in attendance at this meeting were Dr. Adanech Yared; (member of the Nile Technical Advisory Committee, Ethiopia); Dr. Salih Hamad Hamid (Executive Director of the Eastern Nile Technical Regional Office - ENTRO); Dr. Eng. Isaac Alukwe (Regional Coordinator at the Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Programme - NELSAP); Dr. Michael Kizza (Deputy Executive Director, NBI Secretariat); Mr. Teshome Atnafie (Project Coordinator, ENTRO); and Ms. Mwasiti Rashid (Program Officer, Water Resources Management and Development NELSAP).

NBI Presents at the International Conference on Water Resources Management and Sustainability: Solutions for Arid Regions – Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

From 22-24 March 2022, the International Conference on Water Resources Management and Sustainability was underway in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Mr. Sowed Wamala, an Information Systems Specialist with the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) delivered a presentation entitled, “State of the River Nile Basin 2021”, which is based on the NBI publication, State of the River Nile Basin Report (2021).

This publication provides information on transboundary water resource management and examines how human activities have impacted water and other natural resources. In addition, this publication assesses the progress that riparian countries have made in achieving the goals they have set for sustainable use of water and other resources.

The ultimate aim of The State of the River Nile Basin Report is to promote Nile cooperation between the various stakeholders since cooperation is integral to the equitable and sustainable use of the Nile Basin’s resources.