On July 6, 2011, the Republic of Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Republic of Rwanda agreed to create the Lake Kivu and the Ruzizi/Rusizi River Basin Authority, "ABAKIR". And on November 4, 2014, the Member Countries signed an international convention establishing ABAKIR as a transitional body.
ABAKIR aims to contribute to the sustainable development and stabilization of the Great Lakes Region by stimulating economic development through the integrated management of water resources in all dimensions (energy, agriculture, lake transport, tourism, biodiversity, etc.)
The creation of the Lake Kivu and Rusizi / Ruzizi River Basin Authority better frames the objectives of regulation, integrated management and harmonization of the different uses of water resources in the basin. As a transitional body, ABAKIR is responsible for implementing the cooperation and development policy for the protection and conservation of the shared water resources in the Basin.