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The Eighth Nile Basin Trust Fund Meeting Ends in Kampala
The Eighth Nile Basin Trust Fund (NBTF) Meeting was held in Kampala, Uganda, on 12 November 2010.  It was opened by H.E. Alemayehu Tegenu, Minister of Water and Energy of Ethiopia and Chair of the Nile Council of Ministers.
The NILE-COM chair H.E Alemayehu Tegenu flanked by Hon. Mutagamba, Minister for Water & Environment-Uganda & Dr. Barbara Miller from the Worldbank

Participants were representatives of African Development Bank, Canada, Denmark, European Union, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway , Sweden , UNDP, the United Kingdom, the United States, the Worldbank, and the Nile Basin Initiative.

Organized by the Worldbank in collaboration with the Nile Basin Initiative, the purpose of the meeting was to review the progress of implementation of NBI’s activities planned during the past year as well as discussing financial requirements of the NBI projects including challenges faced.  Participants also reflected on the financial sustainability of the Nile Basin Initiative given the eminent closure of the Trust Fund in 2013 and the phasing out of the three year NBI Institutional Strengthening Project in 2012.

Participants at the Strategic Dialogue

Ato Tefera Beyene, Chair of the Nile Technical Advisory Committee and Head of Transboundary Rivers Administration Directorate in Ethiopia, opened the Fifth NILE-TAC and Development Partners Strategic Dialogue at the Speke Resort Centre in Munyonyo, Uganda.

The two-day dialogue (10-12 November 2010) which aims at strengthening TAC-Development Partners engagement and providing strategic guidance and technical direction on key issues to the Nile Basin Initiative.

The meeting brings together representatives from Africa Development Bank, Canada, Denmark, European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Norway , Sweden , United Nations Development Programme, United Kingdom, the United States of America, and the Worldbank.  Members of the Nile Technical Advisory Committee from the nine riparian States as well as staff members of the Nile Basin Initiative attended the meeting.

Dr. Wael M. Khairy Takes Office as Executive Director of the Nile Basin Initiative
Dr. Wael Khairy signs the handover report as Ms Ndombe & Mr. Shillingi look on
Dr. Wael M. Khairy has taken office as the new Executive Director of the Nile Basin Initiative – Secretariat (NBI-SEC) in Entebbe, Uganda; effective 1st September 2010. 

In a brief address during the handover ceremony held at the Secretariat, Dr. Wael noted, “My appointment comes in a very important and challenging period in the history of evolving regional cooperation among the Nile Basin countries.  But it comes also while the birth of the new Nile Basin Commission is underway.”
Dr. Wael Khairy poses for a group photo with Nile-SEC staff after the handover

“Combating water shortage, poverty, environmental degradation, and climate change should continue to be the key drivers of the Nile Basin countries to continue their marathon of regional cooperation for the good of our people,” Dr Wael said.

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