Lake Chad Basin Commission 2000 - Final communique

04/09/2000


Commission du Bassin du Lac Tchad

Communique Final

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Lake Chad Basin Commission

Final Communique

The Tenth Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Lake Chad Basin Commission was held on 28th July, 2000 in N'djamena, Chad, under the Chairmanship of H.E. Idriss Deby, President of the Republic of Chad.

Present were:

For the Republic of Niger:
H.E. Mamadou TANDJA
President of the Republic of Niger.

For the Federal Republic of Nigeria:
H.E. Chief Olusegun OBASANJO
President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

For the Republic of Chad:
H.E. Idriss DEBY
President of the Republic of Chad.

For the Republic of Cameroon:
Mr. AYANG Luc,
President of Economic and Social Council
representing President Paul BIYA

For the Central African Republic:
Dr. Daniel-Emery DEDE
Minister of Environment, Water, Forest, Hunting and Fisheries,
representing President Ange-Feux PATASSE

Observer
For the Republic of Sudan:
H.E. Oumar Hassan Ahmed Elbechir
President of the Republic of Su dan as an observer

1. The Heads of State reviewed the progress made on the activities of the Commission since their last Summit in Ndjamena in October, 1996, and expressed satisfaction with the achievements so far recorded. Consequently they re-iterated their resolve on continuous support to the Commission to enable it perform its functions of socio-economic development of the conventional Basin.

2. The highlight of the Summit was the acceptance of the Heads of State to contribute one million dollars immediately to start the feasibility studies on the Inter-basin Water Transfer Project. They directed the Executive Secretary to pursue the search for other donors support particularly as several agencies have indicated interest.

3. Within the framework of a strategy to save the Lake Chad, the Heads of State took note of the efforts being made by the Ramsar Convention Secretariat and the World Wide Fund for Nature on Conservation and Restoration of the Lake and declared the Lake Chad a Trans-boundary Ramsar site of International Importance. Consequently they urged all the member States that are yet to ratify the Ramsar convention to speed up action in doing so.

4. With regards to security in the basin, the Heads of State have accepted to re-establish and strengthen the Joint Patrol Teams with all the member countries involved.

5. The Heads of State noted with satisfaction the progress on the LCBC/GEF project on Reversal of Land and Water Degradation in the LCBC Ecosystem, expressed appreciation to GEF and urged the implementation agencies, i.e. the UNDP and the World Bank, to expedite action on the technical design of the pilot projects recently selected and the preparation of the necessary documents for the first donors conference as planned to take place by or before March, 2001. The Heads of State urged the international community and all donors and assistant agencies to team up with GEF and the Implementation agencies of the project to save the Lake Chad and its teeming population from the adverse effects of drought and desertification. The Heads of State unanimously mandated President Olusegun OBASANJO to assist in making contacts with potential donors and mobilize them for the planned donors conference.

6. The President of the Republic of Soudan made a presentation to the Summit in which he expressed the desire tojoin the LCBC as a full fledged member. The Heads of State unanimously granted the request, congratulated President Oumar Hassan Elbechir and welcomed Soudan to the family of the LCBC.

7. The Heads of State took time to review political events in Africa and the world at large. They re-affirmed their commitments and resolve to undertake all measures to realize the objectives of the Treaty on the creation of African Union.

8. The Heads of State expressed their concern over political conflicts in Africa especially in West Africa and the Great Lakes Region. They appealed to all those involved to lay down their arms and endeavour to implement their respective accords which provide the basis for amicable resolution of the conflicts and the restoration of sustainable peace.

9. The Heads of State salute the efforts of the UN Peace Keeping Forces in Sierra Leone. Similarly, they support the efforts of President Clinton to find a lasting solution to the Middle East Crisis. They urged the Palestians and the Israelis to accept to continue the dialogue which is the only means by which they can resolve their differences.

10. On the issue ofAfrican debt burden, the Heads ofState expressed their disappointment on the position taken by the G8 at their last Summit at Okinawa, Japan. They resolved to continue to press for the cancellation of the African debt.

11. The Heads of State have also approved the appointment of Engr. Muhammad Sani Adamu as the new Executive Secretary of the LCBC to replace Alhaji Abubakar B. Jauro whose fourth tenure of office expired on 25th April 2000. The Heads of State thanked the out-going Executive Secretary for his contributions to the development of the LCBC.

12. Finally, the Heads of State of Cameroon, Nigeria, Central African Republic, Niger and Sudan expressed their sincere appreciation to their brother, His Excellency Idriss Deby, President of the Republic of Chad, the Government and people of Chad for the generous hospitality and warm reception accorded them and members of their delegations throughout their stay in Chad.

The next Summit will be held in Niamey mid 2002.

Done in Ndjamena on 28th July 2000 in English and French, both texts being authentic.

For the Republic of Niger
H.E. Mamadou Tandja
For the Federal Republic of Nigeria
H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo
For the Republic of Chad
H.E. Idriss Deby
For the Republic of Cameroon
Mr Ayang Luc
For the Central African Republic
Dr Daniel-Emery Dede
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