Thursday, March 18, 2004

Nile Treaty: ministerial meeting in Kenya

The 12th Nile Council of Ministers meeting opened today in Nairobi ...
Organizers ... have played down reports that they will negotiate a replacement to a controversial colonial-era treaty that gives Egypt control of the river.

But they will review cross-border irrigation, power, and drainage projects that aim to build interdependence among countries that have long competed for Nile water and lessen tensions between East and North Africa over the mighty river.

.... [what sub-Saharan Africa] needs is the investment and expertise to install more watershed management, irrigation, and water storage systems to maximize its precious rainwater, said Abdel-Fattah Metawie, head of the Nile Water Sector at Egypt's Water Resources and Irrigation Ministry.(link)
Last post on the issue ... here.