Water Ministers of Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt hold 7th joint meeting in Cairo

Addis Ababa, November 13, 2017 (FBC) – Water Ministers of Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt held their 7th joint meeting on 11 and 12 November 2017 in Cairo, Egypt.

The meeting was a continuation of the talks held in October 18, 2017 in Addis Ababa and aimed at discussing and reaching agreement on agendas not yet finished, according to a press release issued by the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity of Ethiopia.

Egypt’s repeatedly refusal to accept the recommendation to rectify the draft inception report and comments given by the three countries for the consulting firms were the main reasons for the delay of the study on the dam, it said.

It is to be called that the three countries have established a tripartite national committee to follow up the two studies recommended by the International Panel of Expert’s (IPoE), the Ministry said.

Despite a failure to reach on consensus at the Cairo meeting, ministers of the three countries showed their commitment to move forward and continue their meeting, it added.

Ministers of Water of the three countries visited the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project on 17 October 2017.

Hoping to further boost the level of existing transparency and in turn uplift the confidence among the three countries with regard to the dam, Ethiopia has facilitated the visit.

Upon completion, GERD will be Africa’s largest with 6,450 MW installed power generating capacity. It is being built for an estimated cost of 4.7 billion US dollars.

Translated and posted by Amare Asrat