Egypt invited to return to Nile water initiative

ile Basin countries continue to try to convince Egypt to return to the initiative and contribute to its activities.

Egypt invited to return to Nile water initiative

World Bulletin / News Desk

A Sudanese official on Thursday said efforts were ongoing to convince Egypt to return to the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI), from which it withdrew in 2012.

"Nile Basin countries will continue to try to convince Egypt to return to the initiative and contribute to its activities," Mutaz Musa, Sudanese minister of water resources and electricity, said at a meeting of Nile Basin water ministers held in Sudanese capital Khartoum.

The NBI is a regional, inter-governmental partnership led by ten Nile riparian states. It aims to provide member states with a regional platform for multi-stakeholder dialogue, information sharing, joint planning, and water management.

The NBI was first launched in 1999 by Nile Basin water ministers. Egypt pulled out of the initiative in 2012, however, due to disagreements with Ethiopia over plans by the latter to build a massive hydroelectric dam on the upper reaches of the Nile.

The Ethiopian dam project has raised alarm bells in Egypt, which relies on the Nile for almost all of its water needs.

Musa described such disagreements between Nile Basin countries as "normal," stressing that NBI member states were capable of solving their own problems.

Last Mod: 20 Haziran 2014, 10:14
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