Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt to hold meeting on GERD next month

Addis Ababa, March 14, 2018 (FBC) –The trilateral meeting on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) will be held early next month in Khartoum, Sudan.

Foreign and water ministers of Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt will attend the meeting that had been scheduled for last February but postponed for next month, said the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity of Ethiopia.

The meeting is expected to discuss on studies regarding the impact of the dam on the downstream countries, it was noted.

In a meeting held last January on the sidelines of the African Union (AU) summit here in Addis Ababa, leaders of the tree countries agreed to continue their cooperation on the dam with a spirit of togetherness.    

During the meeting, they also agreed foreign and water ministers of the three countries to look into issues raised regarding the dam and conduct a study within a month so as to address the issues.

They have also agreed to form a trilateral leaders summit to be held annually and to establish a joint infrastructure fund.

The fund will focus on railway and road connectivity as well as projects that enhance trade and business between the three countries.

With installed generating capacity of 6,450 MW, GERD will be the largest hydroelectric power plant in Africa as well as the 7th largest in the world once completed.

Translated and posted by Amare Asrat