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Cablegate: Nigeria: Extraordinary Session of the Niger

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 ABUJA 001156

SIPDIS

INFO USAID/W FOR AFR/WA, ANGELA LOZANO

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AID AMGT ABLD ASEC NI
SUBJECT: NIGERIA: EXTRAORDINARY SESSION OF THE NIGER
BASIN AUTHORITY (NBA) COUNCIL OF MINISTERS: ABUJA,
NIGERIA - MAY 9 - 13, 2005

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Summary
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1. The Extraordinary Session of the NBA Council of
Ministers took place from May 9 to 13, 2005, in Abuja,
Nigeria. The Ministers met to review progress in
developing a framework for sustainable integrated water
resources management and cross-border cooperation, the
"Shared Vision". Session participants agreed to move
forward with a strategic planning process that over the
next two years will yield an Action Plan for the
sustainable development of the Niger Basin for the next
20 years. End summary.

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Background
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2. The NBA is composed of nine member countries:
Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Cte d'Ivoire,
Guinea, Mali, Niger and Nigeria. Originally established
in 1964 as the Niger River Commission (NRC) and tasked
with coordinating and providing information on various
development projects of the Niger basin, the
organization was reconstituted in 1980 as the Niger
Basin Authority (NBA) and its mandate was broadened to
include:
Co-ordination of national development policies and
formulation of the general development policy and plans
of the basin.
Implementation of projects for sustainable use of
Niger Basin resources.
3. The NBA is managed by an Executive Secretariat.
The Summit of Heads of State and Government, the apex
decision making body, meets every two years while a
Council of Ministers meets annually to monitor the
activities of the Executive.


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CHALLENGES:
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4. The Authority faces significant challenges. No
member nation has ceded any sovereignty over resources
es
to the Authority, thus hindering its capacity to
execute plans and projects. Most of the NBA member
countries are among the world's poorest nations, with
economies based on agriculture and livestock that are
now adversely affected by inadequate supplies of water,
increasing urban migration and hydroclimatic changes.
5. In addition to poverty and lack of resources for
development, the basin also faces significant
environmental challenges, including desertification,
deforestation and waterborne pollution.

6. Nonetheless, an organization that includes
(almost) all basin players is an important prerequisite
for cooperative management of common water resources.

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The Shared Vision
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7. The Shared Vision process, launched in 2004,
encompasses the NBA's strategic planning efforts, and
addresses the following core objectives:
- establishing a common legal and institutional
framework;
- sustainable and equitable water resource management
in the Niger Basin;
- fostering cooperation and joint action among member
countries;
- poverty alleviation and regional economic
integration.

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EXTRAORDINARY SESSION OF THE NBA COUNCIL OF MINISTERS
ABUJA NIGERIA - MAY 9 -13, 2005:
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8. The Extraordinary Session of the NBA Council of
Ministers on the Shared Vision took place from May 12
to 13, 2005, in Abuja, Nigeria, under the chairmanship
of H.E. Mr. Abdou Labo, Minister of Hydraulics,
Environment and Desertification Control of the Republic
of Niger. The principal objective of the meeting was to
assess progress to date in the Shared Vision process
and to agree on next steps. All nine member countries,
invited representatives of nine donor agencies
including USAID and several sub-regional NGOs and
international organizations participated in the meeting
(see attached list). The participants endorsed the
satisfactory completion of Phase One of the shared
vision process and approved the commencement of Phase
2. Nine million euro is budgeted for this phase, of
which approximately 85% has been committed by the World
Bank, CIDA, the French Agency for Development, the
European Union and the Niger Basin countries. A request
for support was extended to other donors to meet the
shortfall in the budget.
9. With the successful completion of Phase One and
the approval for the commencement of Phase Two of the
shared vision process by the Council of Ministers, the
member countries and participants at the meeting felt
confident that NBA will be able to achieve its goal of
sustainable development. The donors contributing to the
shared vision process expressed their satisfaction with
the progress made by NBA and pledged continued support.
Participants:
Member Countries:
H. E. Mr. Kamarou Fassassi, Minister of Mines,
Energy and Hydraulics - Republic of Benin
Mr. Francis Bougaire, Director General of Water
r
resources inventory, Representing the Supervising
Minister of Burkina Faso
H. E. Mr. Seini Katchalla, Minister Delegate to
the Ministry of Planning, Development Programming and
Regional Development - Republic of Cameroon
H. E. Mr. Emile M'Lingui Keffa, Ambassador of Cote
D'Ivoire in Nigeria, Representing the Minister of Water
Resources and Forests
H. E. Hadjia Fatoumata Binta Diallo, Minister of
Hydraulics and Energy - Republic of Guinea
H. E. Mr. Hamed Diane Semega Minister of Mines,
Energy and Water Resources - Republic of Mali
H. E. Mr. Abdou Labo, Minister of Hydraulics,
Environment and Desertification Control - Republic of
Niger
Engineer B. I. Awotorebo, the Honorable Minister
of State for Water Resources -Federal Republic of
Nigeria
H. E. Dr Amodum Diar Mogodi, Minister of
Environment and Water Resources - Republic of Chad
Donor Institutions:
tions:
United Nation General Secretariat (UN-DESA);
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA);
The World Bank (WB);
French Development Agency (FDA);
French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (FMFA);
United Nations Development Programs (UNDP);
United States Agency for International Development
(USAID);
European Union (EU);
Islamic Development Bank (DB);
Sub-regional NGOs and International organizations:
Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC);
Wetlands International;
World Wide Fund (WWF);
Agrhymet Regional Center (ARC);
Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FEF);
Global Water Partnership for West Africa
(GWP/WAWP);
African Reference Group for water (AFGW);
United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization
(UN-FAO);
Niger-Wet.
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