CAIRO: The Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Hossam Moghazy headed to Kenya to take part in the 10th round of Regional Nile Day celebrations scheduled for Monday, Youm7 reported.
Water ministers in the Nile Basin countries and other ministries whose activities are related to the management and development of the shared Nile Basin water resources, parliamentarians and researchers are scheduled to attend the celebrations.
The Nile Day celebration is the Nile Basin Initiative’s biggest public event, held annually Feb. 22 to mark the date when NBI was established in 1999 by water ministers in Nile Basin states.
This year’s round will be held in Kenya’s Vihiga County. It will tackle key issues including ways to enhance cooperation among 10 Nile Basin Member States.
Activities for the event will include tree planting, cleaning of the Iguhu River, brass band-led procession from Vihiga County Assembly Offices to Vihiga Friends High School, an exhibition as well as cultural entertainment by school children and a cultural troupe, according to the NBI webpage.
The event coincides with the ongoing dispute between Egypt and Ethiopia over the construction of the Grand Renaissance Ethiopian Dam. The $4 billion dam is being constructed on the Blue Nile in Ethiopia with a capacity of 74 billion cubic meters, and is expected to generate up to 6,000 megawatts of power.
Egypt has previously voiced its concern that the dam could reduce its annual share of over 56 billion cubic meters of Nile water. Addis Ababa, however, has claimed that the dam is necessary for its development, and will not harm downstream countries.