East African states sign deal on Lake Victoria basin
Monday, December 01, 2003
The Nation (Nairobi, Kenya)
The three East African states have signed an agreement to develop Lake Victoria basin.
The agreement is intended to ensure sustainable management and better utilisation of the lake's waters and fisheries and promotion of sustainable agricultural practices, including irrigation.
It was signed by East African Community council of ministers in Arusha, on Saturday.
Kenya, through Foreign Affairs minister Kalonzo Musyoka, placed an early bid to have Kisumu named headquarters of the proposed Lake Victoria Basin Commission. Uganda's Finance minister Gerald Ssendaula assured Kenya of "due consideration" over the request.
The Kenyan delegation included ministers David Mwiraria (Finance), Mukhisa Kituyi (Trade and Industry), permanent secretaries Peter Nkuraiyia (Foreign) Joseph Magari (Finance) and Alex Keter (Trade).
The protocol will also govern the promotion of sustainable development and management of forestry and wetlands.