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Outlook for trans-boundary Cooperation in the Nile Basin

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In this presentation, Dr. Yacob Arsano from Addis Ababa University presents an outlook for trans-boundary cooperation in the Nile river basin.

Historically, the geopolitical profile of the basin has been marked by competing quests for hegemony among riparian countries. For long, Egypt and Sudan have wanted to maintain the status quo on the basis of colonial/ post-colonial agreements, while Ethiopia and other upstream countries have have been wanting a negotiated agreement.

There has been, and remains till date, an environment of net distrust between the upstream and downstream countries. It was under such challenging circumstances that the inter-governmental Nile Basin Initiative was established in 1999. While the body enjoys unprecedented international support, it faces the tough challenge of forging a mechanism of cooperation from conflicting interests/ demands from member countries.

However, “…there is no viable alternative to upstream-downstream cooperation for equitable and reasonable utilization and sustainable benefit sharing..,” sums up Dr. Arasano, as he lays down his analysis of what the policy ingredients of such cooperation would look like. 

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Produced by: TheWaterChannel
Year: 2012
Language: English

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