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   1.   Short title.

   2.   Interpretation.

   3.   NBI to have capacity of a body corporate.

   4.   Financial provisions.

   5.   Immunities and privileges of NBI and its officials.


      Schedule   Agreed minute no. 7.



   An Act to confer legal status in Uganda on the Nile Basin Initiative, and otherwise give the force of law in Uganda to the signed Agreed Minute No. 7 of the 9th Annual Meeting of the Nile Basin States held in Cairo, Egypt, on 14th February, 2002; and to provide for other connected or incidental matters.

WHEREAS, currently, there is no regional or international Treaty or Agreement among the riparian States of the Nile River Basin, namely, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda, on cooperation in the utilisation of the waters of the Nile River Basin;

AND WHEREAS the Government of the Republic of Uganda and the Governments of the other Nile Basin States at the meeting of their Council of Ministers held in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, on 22nd"> February, 1999 established a "Transitional Institutional Mechanism of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI)", pending the conclusion of a "Cooperative Framework Agreement", based on a vision "to achieve sustainable socioeconomic development through equitable utilization of, and benefit from, the common Nile Basin water resources";

AND WHEREAS the Government of Uganda and the Governments of the other States at the 9th"> annual meeting of their Council of Ministers held in Cairo, Egypt, on 14th"> February, 2002, adopted "Agreed Minute No. 7" of that meeting to, among other things, "invest the NBI, on a transitional basis, with legal personality to perform all of the functions entrusted to it, including the power to sue and be sued, and to acquire or dispose of movable and immovable property;

AND WHEREAS following the

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