Saturday, November 18, 2017

PS, Env. Charles Sunkuli with Ministers from EAC partner states of Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda & Tanzania, during the signing of the policy document at the Malaika hotel, Mwanza, TZ.

The 18th Sectoral Council of Ministers for the lake Victoria Basin, have adopted the Policy document, that will provide policy guideline to the Commission up to the year 2021.

The guidelines, which are anchored on a programmatic approach in line with the Lake Victoria Basin Commission’s Result Based Management Systems, emphasizes management by results.

Speaking during the signing of the pact, that was held at the Malaika Beach Resort in Mwanza, Tanzania, the Chairperson of the Sectoral Council of Ministers for the Lake Victoria Basin, Hon Sam Cheptoris (MP), Minister for Water and Environment, Republic of Uganda, observed that, LVBC was still in its infancy, especially compared to other river basin organizations across the world, and noted that, despite this, and in the face of a complicated geopolitical context, it is already achieving tangible results. Hon. Cheptoris observed that, despite the tangible results that have led to the current progress, the advances in putting investments on the ground to lift the basin’s population from poverty to a middle-income population, has not been linear throughout the basin, as Partner States in the Basin still face poverty, rapid population growth, and environmental degradation, together with climate change impacts.

Minister’s from the EAC partner states are joined by leaders of their delegations to the LVBC after joining the policy document.

The Policy document will act as a guiding tool for implementation of the LVBC strategic interventions, and will focus on key priority areas, that will include:- enhancing Environmental and Natural Resources Management, promote and facilitate the implementation of the Integrated Water Resource management and Development, enhance maritime transport safety and security on Lake Victoria, promote Social Development Initiatives on LVB and Strengthen Institutional and Coordination Capacity of the Basin.

The Principal Secretary in the State Department of Environment, Mr. Charles Sunkuli, who represented Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, joined Hon. Minister’s and Cabinet Secretaries from the East Africa Community partner states, who included Hon. Aggrey Henry Bagiire, Minister of State for Transport in Uganda, Hon. Celestine Ndayizeye, Minister for Water, Environment, Land and Urban Planning, in Burundi, Hon. Dr. Vincent Biruta, Minister for Natural Resources in Rwanda, and Dr. Charles J. Tizebe, MP, Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, United Republic of Tanzania, in signing the policy document.

Uganda takes over chairmanship of LVBC- The Executive sec. of the LVBC, Dr. Alley Matano, looks on as Uganda’s Water & Env. Min. Hon. Sam Cheptoris (blue suit) takes over from TZ’s Water Min. Hon. Gerson Lwenge TZ’s



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