Addis Ababa, June 22, 2017 (FBC) - The first ever Nile Basin Heads of State summit was held in Entebbe, Uganda today.
The summit was attended by Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi , South Sudan Vice President Joseph Wani, Burundi’s 2nd Vice President Joseph Butore and Sudan’s Vice President Hasabo Mohammed Abdul Rahman.
Kenya, Rwanda, DR Congo and Tanzania were represented by different ministers.
Addressing the summit, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said prosperity for Nile Basin countries is the best way to protect River Nile and other water systems in Africa.
Museveni also challenged other leaders present to work for the social transformation of their people as the ultimate guarantor of the Nile’s security.
“All Nile Valley countries should be assisted to develop and become first world countries. It is why we called this strategic conference,” he said.