Tuesday, 08 July 2014 10:03
On Friday 27th June 2014, the Executive Secretary of the Niger Basin Authority paid a courtesy call to the Director General of the Integrated Development Authority of Liptako-Gourma Mr. Badi Ould Hamed GANFOUD.
The headquarters of the Integrated Development Authority of Liptako-Gourma is in Ouagadougu-Burkina and member countries are Benin, Niger and Burkina Faso.
You recall that the cooperation between the two institutions made them signed a Cooperation Agreement in 2004 which focuses on the following areas:
1.Â Â Â Exchange of information on the progress of projects and programmes and development of water resources in the common region of the Niger basin;
2.Â Â Â Exchange of experience and expertise, joint organization of seminars, symposia and workshops, reciprocal invitations to meetings, conferences and seminars organized by their respective institutions;
3.Â Â Â Joint identification, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of projects and programmes in the field of water resources development.
A committee has been establish to monitor the cooperation agreement but since 2010 did not work.
After giving an overview on projects of each institution, the two Heads of the institutions agreed to re-launch the partnership through a review of the existing agreement in order to come up with areas of cooperation. For this each institution will chose as soon as possible its focal point to start the process.
Wednesday, 07 May 2014 07:26
Ladies and Gentlemen,
People of the basin of the Niger
Courageous and productive citizens of the countries of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote dâ€™Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Chad.
I would like to say that for me it is a thing of joy to address you on this occasion of the preparation for the fiftieth anniversary of the Niger Basin Authority.
Fifty years in the life of an individual or fifty years in the life of an institution or of the country, is a land mark worthy of celebration. That of the NBA cannot be different, it is a land mark we have to celebrate and over the years the achievements of the basin are shown that the founding fathers of the Niger Basin Authority and all the executives along the line who have helped to steer the ship of the Niger Basin have not mistaken.
The NBA is a veritable institution for development of the people of the basin because its mandate is to ensure the improvement of the welfare of people of the basin by eliminating poverty.
Now, one can say what have we come out with after fifty years. In fifty years, we have learnt a lot of lessons, which can be summarized in the sustainability of the existence of the Niger Basin Authority.
The very sustainability of its activities is proof of the success of this organization. It is an organization that has endured and despite the fact that years we have had turbulence times, the boat of the NBA has been rocked, it has been shaken, it has been never sunk, it has remained afloat and in fact written its self from lessons it has learnt to float much better and steer in a much better direction.
And it is part of what gave right in what we are enjoying today which is the shared vision, which is bringing all of us together and in fifty years we have learnt to translate adversity to the word solidarity which is the corner stone of our existence. We are happy, we are proud of the political solidarity; the political will that has continued to keep the NBA together and to make it achieved what it has achieved. The success of the NBA should be very alive in our minds and become memorable momentos which is the legacy we can leave for prosperity of our proud and veritable institution.
The anniversary of the NBA is an opportunity to remember all we have achieved, the legacy we are leaving or the future and the herculean tasks ahead or us to achieve.
It also a clear call to better service, better commitment by all member countries, by all heads of state, by all staff of the NBA and to the whole population of the Niger Basin Authority. We hope that this call will energize them into further activities. And that the dynamism which is taken place in NBA will take us to higher heights. It is on this note that, I am very pleased to launch the activities to start the commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Niger Basin Authority. I thank you all for your attention.
Long live international cooperation;
Long live the Niger Basin Authority and
Long live to all of us
Friday, 13 June 2014 12:05
On Monday, June 9, 2014 at 8:30am, the Executive Secretariat of the Niger Basin Authority received a BMZ delegation led by His Excellency, Dr. Michael FEINER, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Niger. The German delegation was composed of:
â€˘Mrs. Katrin BUDER, Officer in charge of Niger at the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development. Head of the German delegation for the consultations.
â€˘Mr. Nils WORTMANN, Advisor for Cooperation, German Embassy.
â€˘Mr. Hayo TORO, Representative of KFW in Niger.
â€˘Mr. JĂ¶rg MAXIN, Resident Director of GIZ in Niger.
â€˘Ms. Anette PASCHEN, Technical Adviser GIZ/NBA Project.
â€˘Mr. Martin JĂ¤ger, Project Manager, BGR.
â€˘Mr. Alhassan AZAOUA, Representative of the KfW.
â€˘Mrs. Anke BORGGRAFE, Officer in charge of Niger at the Eschborn headquarters.
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the status of projects, difficulties in implementation as well as the prospects for German Cooperation in the NBA. During this meeting, several presentations were made by the Executive Secretariat on the implementation of projects and programmes funded by the BMZ.
It is worth reminding that since the adoption of the Shared Vision process by Member countries in May 2002 and the signing of the cooperation framework of development partners in the Niger Basin Authority in April 2004 in Paris, the Federal Republic of Germany has maintained close relationship with the Executive Secretariat and Member countries. This cooperation resulted in funding of several institutional support and development projects at national and regional levels.
Cooperation between Germany and the NBA.
Cooperation between Germany and the NBA started since 2007 and is currently focused on two projects funded by the Technical Cooperation and four projects funded by the Financial Cooperation (implemented in Mali, Niger, Cameroon and Guinea). To date, the NBA has received total commitments amounting to â‚¬ 65.5 million.
Funded by the Technical Cooperation are:
-Support to the Niger Basin Authority III (â‚¬ 3.3 million).
- Support to the Niger Basin Authority for groundwater protection (â‚¬ 2.5 million).
Projects financed by the Financial Cooperation:
â€˘Protection of the Niger River Project in Mali (â‚¬ 10 million).
â€˘Rehabilitation of Integrated Public Irrigated Perimeters of individual farmers in the Niger Republic Project (â‚¬ 11 million).
Projects under preparation:
â€˘ Change Climate, Natural Resource Management and Food security Project in the Benue watershed in Cameroon (â‚¬ 10 million).
â€˘ Climate Change project in Guinea (â‚¬ 14 million).
The overall objective of the cooperation with the NBA is to contribute to sustainable economic growth, fight against poverty and protect regional environment, climate and natural resources. This objective can be achieved by strengthening the sustainable economic and political integration of NBA Member countries at the level of trans-boundary management of water resources. The target group is ultimately the population of the riparian countries in the River Niger basin. The specific objective of the German cooperation is as follows: â€śNBA member countries manage and develop the Niger Basinâ€™s trans-boundary water resources sustainably and in concerted manner, on the basis of the Water Charter and other resulting strategies and principlesâ€ť.
Friday, 07 February 2014 10:55
The African Water Facility (AWF) has granted â‚¬960,000 to the Executive Secretary of the Niger Basin Authority (NBA) in support of a programme for the preparation of infrastructure projects aimed at reducing natural resources depletion caused by climate change, and improving their management in order to increase agricultural production and community resilience.
The projects should benefit the nine member States of the NBA, whose population is estimated at 120 million.