The highest political and decision making body is the Nile Equatorial Lakes Council of Ministers (NEL-COM), comprised of Ministers in charge of Water Affairs in the Member States.
Roles and Responsibilities of the NEL-COM
- Approve annual work plan and budget
- Ensure smooth implementation of Nile Equatorial Lakes Council of Ministers’s activities
- Ensure government contribution from Member Countries as well as external support agencies and NGOs
- Appoint and terminate the services of the Executive Director on recommendation of the Nile Equatorial Lakes Technical Advisory Committee
- Take all policy and political decisions of the organization
- Approve the filling of other senior posts by the Nile Technical Advisory Committee
H.E Madame. Eve Bazaiba Masudi
Vice Prime Minister and Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development, DR Congo
Hon. Dr. Rurema Deo-Guide
Hon. Jumaa H. Aweso
Minister of Water, Tanzania
Hon. Dr Mohamed Abdel Ati
Hon. Dr. Eng. Habtamu Itefa
Ministry of Water and Energy, Ethiopia
Hon. Sicily Kariuki, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Water, Sanitation and Irrigation, Kenya
Hon. Dr. Jeanne d'Arc Mujawamariya
Minister for Environment, Rwanda
Hon. Manawa Peter Gatkuoth
Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation
Hon. Sam Cheptoris
The NEL-COM is supported by the Nile Equatarial Lakes Technical Advisory Committee (NEL-TAC), comprised of 20 senior government officials, two from each of the Member States.
Roles and Responsibilities of the NEL-TAC
- Offer technical support and advice to the Nile Council of Ministers on matters related to the management and development of the Nile waters.
- Act as an interface between the NEL-COM and development partners, and between NEL-COM and the Secretariat, programmes and projects of the NBI.
- Provide oversight for NEL-COM programmatic activities.