The Guest of Honour at the Regional Nile Day 2020 event, Hon. Asma Mohamad Abdalla, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of The Sudan has said that “without joint planning and investment, we miss out on the opportunities of development, which benefit the Nile people”
Hon. Asma Mohamad Abdalla added that the theme for Nile Day 2020, held on February 22 which is: Joint Investments on the Nile for Regional Transformation, is one of the key elements that need to be in place in order to achieve sustainable development goal number 6, on ‘clean water and sanitation’. She called upon development partners and the private sector to support the Nile Basin Initiative in its efforts to realise regional investments.
The Executive Director of the Nile Basin Initiative Secretariat, Prof. Seifeldin Hamad Abdalla, noted that the key objective of Nile Day 2020 is to highlight some of the achievements on the investments, with emphasis on the need to accelerate implementation of the NBI - prepared investment projects. The various projects worth more than USD 6.5 billion are key to supporting Member States in their quest to meet the growing demand for water, food and energy.
Among other things, the annual Nile Day event provides an opportunity for the various stakeholders to celebrate the achievements of Nile Basin Initiative as well as the various cultures in the Nile Basin, in terms of cultural dance and traditional cuisine.