More than 1,500 people from African and foreign countries are expected to attend the 16th Nile Day 2022 commemorations in Tanzania’s business capital Dar es Salaam on Tuesday, an official said on Sunday.
Nile Day is an annual event held in commemoration of the establishment of the unprecedented Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) on February 22, 1999, by ministers in charge of water affairs in the Nile Basin countries.
Nile Day provides an opportunity for Basin citizens to come together to celebrate the benefits of Nile cooperation and exchange experiences, views and ideas on topical issues related to the cooperative management and development of the common Nile Basin water and related resources.
Anthony Sanga, the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Water, told a news conference that the Nile Day will be marked by revisiting best ways of managing and developing the shared Nile waters and related resources for win-win benefits.
He said the commemoration is also an occasion for participants to appreciate the rich and varied cultures which exist within the Nile Basin.
Sanga said the theme for the Nile Day 2022 is: “The Nile: Our Heritage for Peace and Prosperity”.
He said the event will be attended by ministers in charge of water affairs in the Nile Basin countries, representatives from NBI member states embassies in Tanzania and officials from ministries whose activities relate to the management and development of the shared water resources such as water, environment, energy, agriculture, foreign affairs and finance.
NBI member states are Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. Eritrea participates as an observer.