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Nile Basin Initiative names water resources management support

The 10-nation Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) has named a consortium led by a Danish firm to develop processes and software for a Basin Decision Support System (DSS) for its water resources planning and management program.

NBI awarded a contract to the DHI consortium, which was chosen over three other bidders with a proposal totaling US$3.19 million. (HydroWorld 1/11/08) The consortium is led by DHI of Denmark and includes Mott MacDonald Ltd. of the United Kingdom, Riverside Technologies of the United States, Yerer Engineering of Ethiopia, NKC Co. Ltd. of Uganda, and Tropics Consulting Engineers Plc. of Ethiopia.

The Nile Basin DSS includes: a Nile Basin Knowledge Base with a communication and information management system; a Regional River Basin Planning Model to evaluate development paths and identify joint investment projects; a suite of analytic tools; and development of core national capabilities. NBI recruited a consultant in 2006 to conduct a needs assessment for the DSS.

NBI called for development and implementation of business processes and a full software system required for the DSS. The assignment is to require 36 months.

NBI, which includes Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda, also is developing a regional power trade project.

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