This annual report accounts for the regional and national activities of the Lake Tanganyika Authority Secretariat (LTAS) and the National Coordination Units (NCUs) during the period from January to December 2013. These activities were undertaken in accordance with LTA mandate for the period under review, in line with the Strategic Action Programme (SAP) and the 2013 Annual Work-plan and Budgets approved by the Conference of Ministers at their Fifth Meeting held on 29th February 2012 in Kigoma, Tanzania.
These activities are being implemented within the framework of the Lake Tanganyika Regional Integrated Management and Development Programme (LTRIMDP). The programme has two regional projects, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)/the Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded project called “the Partnership interventions for the implementation of the Strategic Action Programme (SAP) for Lake Tanganyika Project; and the African Development Bank (AfDB) funded project called “the Project to Support the Lake Tanganyika Integrated Regional Development Programme (PRODAP)”. The UNDP/GEF funded project ended in D.R. Congo in February 2013, while in Burundi and Tanzania the project ended in August 2013. In Zambia the UNDP/GEF funded project ended in September 2012.
The report also gives an account of activities carried out in programmes support areas of coordination and administration, supervision and monitoring, finance and budgeting. These support operations facilitate implementation of programmes, which are critical for the Secretariat to fulfil its mandate in an efficient manner.
A number of challenges and strategic issues need to be overcome, including timely remittance of national contributions by riparian countries, accelerating regional cooperation, harmonization of legislations, among others. These and other challenges including the recommendations are further outlined in this report.
Most of the report is devoted to implementation of activities of regional cooperation to enable Lake Tanganyika Authority achieve its overarching goal of regional collaboration in the sustainable management of Lake Tanganyika and its Basin.