Uganda Ratifies Nile Basin Cooperative Framework

Cabinet yesterday at State House Entebbe approved the ratification of the Nile River Basin Cooperative Framework and signing of the cooperative framework agreement.

While briefing journalists about the development morning, government deputy spokesperson Col Shaban Bantaliza said the initiative will provide a basis for establishment of the Nile River Basin Commission which will be a legal entity in the Nile basin countries, unlike the Nile Basin Initiative which is a transitional arrangement without any binding legal basis.

Shaban says the commission will provide legal basis for the use, involvement, protection, conservation and management of the Nile river basin water resources for the benefits of all the Nile basin countries.

“It will also enable donors to continue and upscale funding the Nile basin as the commission will be able to enter into arrangements with donors directly, unlike the present situation where the Nile Basin Initiative does so through GIZ which charges a lot of transaction fees,” he said

He added that it will facilitate the implementation of joint trans boundary water related projects between the Nile basin countries.

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