The Ethiopian Parliament Ratifies The Nile Basin Cooperative Framework Agreement.
The House of People’s Representative unanimously ratified the Cooperative Framework Agreement (CFA) today (June 13th) in an ordinary session.
The ratification of the Cooperative Framework Agreement is an important step towards the realization of equitable utilization of the Nile Waters. Ethiopia is the first country to ratify the agreement. Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, Tanzania and Rwanda are also signatories to the Framework Agreement but have yet to ratify it.
The Agreement envisages that the Nile Commission will be established upon ratification by the legislatures of at least six riparian countries.
The Nile Commission is mandated to monitor the equitable utilization and development of the Nile Waters, and enforce the proper application of the rights and duties of the signatory countries.
The Cooperative Framework Agreement is the first multilateral treaty successfully negotiated under the auspices of the Nile Basin Initiative.
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