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

  1. Approve annual work plan and budget
  2. Ensure smooth implementation of Nile Equatorial Lakes Council of Ministers’s activities
  3. Ensure government contribution from Member Countries as well as external support agencies and NGOs
  4. Appoint and terminate the services of the Executive Director on recommendation of the Nile Equatorial Lakes Technical Advisory Committee
  5. Take all policy and political decisions of the organization
  6. Approve the filling of other senior posts by the Nile Technical Advisory Committee

Members:

009 HON PROF MAKAME M MBARAWA Minister for Water and Irrigation Tanzania

HON PROF MAKAME M MBARAWA

Minister of Water and Irrigation, Tanzania

Chairman

001 Hon Dr Rurema Deo Guide Minister for Environment Agriculture and Livestock Burundi

Hon Dr Rurema Deo-Guide

Minister for Environment, Agriculture and Livestock, Burundi

002 HE Amy AMBATOBE NYONGOLO Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development D R Congo

HE Amy AMBATOBE NYONGOLO

Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development, DR Congo

Hon Dr Mohamed Abdel Ati Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Egypt

HE Dr MOHAMED ABDEL ATI

Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, Egypt

004 HE Dr ENG SELESHI BEKELE Minister for Water Irrigation and Electricity Ethiopia

HE Dr ENG SELESHI BEKELE

Minister of Water, Irrigation and Electricity, Ethiopia

Hon Simon Kiprono Chelugui Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Water and Sanitation Kenya

Hon. Simon Kiprono Chelugui, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Water and Sanitation, Kenya
Kenya

006 Hon Dr VINCENT BIRUTA Minister for Environment Rwanda

Hon. Dr. Vincent Biruta

Minister for Environment, Rwanda

007 Hon SOPHIA PAL GAI Minister for Water Resources and Irrigation South Sudan

Hon SOPHIA PAL GAI

Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation
South Sudan

008 HE ENG KHIDER MOHAMED GASMELSEED Minister for Water Resources Irrigation and Electricity the Sudan Republic

HE ENG KHIDER MOHAMED GASMELSEED

Minister of Water Resources, Irrigation and Electricity
The Sudan Republic

Hon. Sam Cheptoris

Minister of Water and Environment, Uganda

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

  1. Offer technical support and advice to the Nile Council of Ministers on matters related to the management and development of the Nile waters.
  2. Act as an interface between the NEL-COM and development partners, and between NEL-COM and the Secretariat, programmes and projects of the NBI.
  3. Provide oversight for NEL-COM programmatic activities.