Khartoum to host Nile Day 2020
KHARTOUM, Sudan – Sudan will host the 2020 edition of Nile Day, the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI), announced today.
Addressing media, Sudan’s Minister for Irrigation and Water Resources, Prof. Yasir Abbas Mohamed Ali, said the event will be marked on February 22 marks, a day he says represents a milestone in the history of Nile cooperation.
“It is on this date that for the first time, all independent, sovereign riparian countries of the Nile committed themselves to work together and harness the potentials of the shared river to promote cooperative sustainable socio-economic development of their countries,” he said.
The celebrations that will run under the theme, ‘Joint Investments on the Nile for Regional Transformation’, will among other things showcase some of the joint investment projects facilitated by NBI and implemented by the member states that serve to demonstrate to riparian communities, the value of Nile cooperation. Cases in point include the 200 MW trade in power through the Ethiopia – Sudan Interconnector commissioned in 2015 that now benefits close to 1.4 million households in both countries.
At least 500 Nile Basin citizens and friends of the Nile including ministers responsible for Water Affairs in the Nile Basin countries (Nile Council of Ministers); representatives from NBI member states embassies in Khartoum, and officials from ministries whose activities touch on the management and development of the shared water resources, such as water, environment, energy, agriculture, foreign affairs and finance.
Others are legislators, development partners, researchers, academia, civil society, youth, media, and school children. Sudan first hosted the event in 2015.