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Sunday, 14 April 2019 17:51
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Feu Jean Edouard SAGNO est né en 1941 à Nerekoré/Guinée. Il devient président du Comité guinéen du Bassin du Niger en 2003, position qui lui permet de devenir depuis 2008, président de la CNU-Guinée avec un engagement sans relâche dans la promotion du développement durable du bassin du Niger tant à l'échelle locale, nationale et régionale. C'est au coeur de cette noble mission au prix de toute son énergie que ce acteur de la GIRE avec toute sa connaissance du bassin a tiré sa révérence ce vendredi 12 Avril 2019 a 13h30, laisse des partenaires et collaborateurs dans une profonde douleur.

 
The Executive Secretariat mobilizes itself for the Water Convention, political decision-makers at the heart of the action!
Friday, 12 April 2019 16:28

NBA: The Executive Secretariat mobilizes itself for the Water Convention, political decision-makers at the heart of the action!
It was in Abidjan, Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, that the NBA Executive Secretariat, in collaboration with the Water Convention’ Secretariat, organized an Information and Sensitization Day on the ratification of the Water Convention by Member Countries.
With Climate Change whose effects are increasingly visible/felt over the entire surface of the globe, fresh water is becoming scarce, lakes and ponds are shrinking from one year to the other, rivers’ flow is disturbed and water needs for multiple uses (irrigation, hydropower production, water tank construction, etc.) lead to either latent or declared conflicts between many countries in the world. To defuse and prevent latent conflicts and to lay the foundations for settling declared conflicts linked to the use of international water resources, two actions are proposed to countries by the international community: The ratification of the Water Convention and the introduction of “water as a vehicle for peace” in international diplomacy by the United Nations.  
It is within such a context that the NBA Executive Secretariat, in relation with the Water Convention’ Secretariat, organized an information and sensitization day on the Water Convention in Abidjan on 11th April 2019. The objective of the event is to urge NBA Member Countries to ratify the Water Convention and to make NBA known in terms of its mission to support the basin’s populations’ socio-economic development and to strengthen cooperation among NBA Member Countries. That high-level meeting was marked by the presence of Ambassadors of NBA Member Countries accredited in Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, members of the Regional Network of Members of Parliament of the Niger Basin, Advisers to NBA Member Countries’ Heads of State and Government in water issues, among others.
For the NBA Executive Secretary, Mr. Abderahim Bireme Hamid, “today, water resources are the cause of latent or declared conflicts between numerous countries in the world. To defuse the situation in its area, NBA developed a Water Charter in 2008 and had it adopted by Member Countries’ Heads of State and Government in order to regulate the management of Niger River’s water resources and its basin shared by Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Chad”.
In her speech, Ms. Francisca Bernadini from the Water Convention Secretariat said she was glad that the workshop be an initiative of the Niger Basin Authority, and particularly of its Executive Secretary to whom she expressed her deep gratitude. She added that “basin organizations are the Water Convention’s implementing agents. They are the goal and the driving force for an effective implementation of the Convention”.
The day was organized with the support of the African Development Bank and the SATH/NB Project.

 
Ceremony for Signing the Grant Agreements for the funding of the PIDACC/NB between NBA and AfDB
Thursday, 21 March 2019 14:25

Niamey, March 21, 2019, in the Conference Hall of the Technical Directorate: Ceremony for Signing the Grant Agreements for the funding of the Programme for Integrated Development and Adaptation to Climate Change in the Niger Basin (PIDACC/NB) between NBA and AfDB
This morning’s ceremony is devoted not only to the accomplishment of a long process for preparing the Programme for Integrated Development and Adaptation to Climate Change in the Niger Basin (PIDACC/NB), for a total amount of over 132 billion CFA francs, but also to the triggering of the effective implementation of Niger Basin’s Climate Resilience Investment Plan (CRIP).
In fact, PIDACC/NB, the first programme for implementing CRIP/OP, includes concrete actions meant to contribute to strengthening resilience to climate change in the Niger Basin. The overall objective of the Programme is to contribute to improving the resilience of Niger River's ecosystems and populations through a sustainable management of natural resources.
Specifically, the Programme aims at: (i) reducing Niger River’s silting process; (ii) improving populations’ capacity to adapt to climate change and; (iii) improving the management of natural resources and the integrated management of ecosystems, the protection of biodiversity and the restoration of soil fertility.
The programme is structured around the following three components: (i) Development of the resilience of resources and ecosystems; (ii) Building the resilience of populations and; (iii) Programme coordination and management. Gender and the protection of the environment are integrated as cross-cutting issues in all components.
It was in a lively and radiant room that the Resident Representative of the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Niger and the Executive Secretary of the Niger Basin Authority (NBA) signed the Grant Financing Agreements for an amount of 9.6 million dollars in the presence of NBA Executives and the media. Both parties strongly expressed their wish that the acts taken that morning would trigger real actions for strengthening the resilience of Niger Basin’s populations and ecosystems to climate change. They also seized the opportunity to thank and congratulate AfDB and NBA teams for their commitment to improving the living conditions of the basin’s populations and to protecting Niger River’s Ecosystems.

 
The members of the Regional Network of Members of Parliament of the Niger Basin mobilize themselves for the actions of the Institution!
Friday, 12 April 2019 16:20

After the meeting of Bamako in November 2017, during which the Regional Network of Members of Parliament of the Niger Basin (RNMP/NB) was established, it was the turn of Abidjan to host the proceedings of the second Session of the RNMP/NB.

That second session was held at Grand Hôtel of Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) from 09 to 10 April 2019, under the Chairmanship of Honourable Abdoulaye FOFANA, Chairman of the Regional Network, Member of Parliament of the National Assembly of the Republic of Mali. In attendance were members of the NB Regional MPs Network, the NBA Executive Secretariat and the Chairman of the Regional Coordinating Unit of the Users of Niger Basin’s Natural Resources, who participated as observers.    
Following this important event that lasted two days, the members of the Regional Network of Members of Parliament of the Niger Basin developed Rules of Procedure for their network. Also, they adopted a Roadmap for the 2019–2021 period. This second session made important recommendations to better support NBA in implementing its activities and in getting Member Countries pay their contributions as when due. At the end of their proceedings, the members of the Regional Network of Members of Parliament of the Niger Basin expressed their gratitude to the high Ivoirian Authorities for the warm welcome and the genuine African hospitality extended to them during their stay in Abidjan.
To recall, the opening ceremony of the Session was marked by three speeches: the introductive speech by Honourable Abdoulaye FOFANA, Chairman of the Regional Network, the speech by the NBA Executive Secretary, Mr. ABDERAHIM Bireme Hamid, and the opening speech by Honourable Diawara MAMADOU, 1st Vice-Speaker of the National Assembly of Côte d’Ivoire, representing the Speaker of the National Assembly.
Rendezvous was taken for the Network’s next meeting.

 
Elhadj Ibrahim Boubacar KEITA, President of the Republic of Mali, granted an audience to the Executive Secretary
Monday, 11 March 2019 12:20

The Executive Secretary (ES), Mr. ABDERAHIM Bireme Hamid went on a mission to Bamako in Mali from 3rd to 9th March, 2019. He was accompanied by Dr. Abdou Guero, Technical Director, Dr. Kiari Noudia Kaigama, Legal Adviser, Mrs. Traoré Aminata Barry, Head of Accounting and Finance Division and Mr. KAYA Abdoulaye, Communication Expert.
The Niger Basin Authority (NBA) delegation, led by the Executive Secretary (SE), Mr. ABDERAHIM Bireme Hamid, was received in audience by the President of the Republic of Mali, Head of State, His Excellency Mr. Ibrahim Boubacar KEITA in the afternoon of 5th March 2019 at 5:00 pm.
The NBA/ES, who will have soon spent one year at the head of this intergovernmental organization as he took office on 12th March 2018, said he had come not only to thank the President of the Republic for his appointment, but also to request his support and receive his guidance. Also, he wanted to report on ongoing actions, including a climate change project about to start at the end of March 2019, of which Mali's share is $ 36.86 million dollars. 80% of that amount are grants. The ES also mentioned other plans for the future and the difficulties facing NBA.
He recalled the three large dam projects as follows: Fomi in Guinea, Taoussa in Mali and Kandadji in Niger, which once achieved, despite obstacles like insecurity, would help to kick off poverty out of the Niger River basin and enable the youth to conduct income-generating activities instead of migrating or allying with armed bandits. He thanked the Head of State for making the exception, compared to the other NBA countries, by appointing the Ambassador of Mali to the Republic of Niger also to NBA.
In response, the President of the Republic, who knows NBA very well, he was previously Ambassador of Mali to NBA (as Ambassador of Mali in Niger, with residence in Abidjan), talked about the history the institution he encouraged for the efforts so far made in implementing development actions, despite insufficient resources and the lack of staff. He pointed out that it is up to Member Countries to take charge of their destiny and to rely, first, on themselves instead of begging for TFPs’ support. He also talked about navigation on Niger River, the environment (pollution) in general and the survival of the river. He reiterated his commitment to conduct, together with his peers, all the actions needed to save Niger River.
The audience was attended by the Minister of Energy and Water, the Minister Secretary General of the Presidency of the Republic, the Special Adviser to the President of the Republic in charge of water issues and of the representative of the Diplomatic Unit of the Presidency of the Republic’s General Secretariat.

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