Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan commit to resolving Nile dam dispute

Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan made a commitment to resolving a dispute over a large Ethiopian-led dam project after US-led talks on Wednesday.

The three nations issued a statement saying they would continue negotiations in talks to be held in Washington on December 9 and January 13 with the aim of finding a resolution by January 15 of next year.

“The ministers reaffirmed their joint commitment to reach a comprehensive, cooperative, adaptive, sustainable, and mutually beneficial agreement on the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and to establish a clear process for fulfilling that commitment in accordance with the 2015 Declaration of Principles,” the statement read. US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and World Bank President David Malpass also signed it.

Big gains, big losses

The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, in the works since 2011, is a massive Ethiopian hydroelectric dam project along the Nile river. Ethiopia plans to start filling and operating the reservoir in 2020, with the aim of eventually completing one of the world’s biggest dams and becoming Africa’s biggest power exporter. Once complete, the dam will generate about 6,450 megawatts of electricity, double Ethiopia’s current output.

Ethiopia’s mega dam

The Nile provides both water and electricity to the 10 countries it passes through. Sudan and Egypt fear that the project could threaten their water supply. Egypt, which has suffered from a water crisis in recent years, relies on the river for 90% of its drinking water.

After talks between the countries broke down earlier this year, Egypt asked the US to step in as a mediator.

Peer mediation

Water ministers from all three countries will attend the upcoming talks, as will the US Treasury and the World Bank.

In the event a resolution is not reached by the January 15 deadline, the ministers agreed to then involve an international mediator.

(AFP, Reuters)

4 COMMENTS

  1. Al Shabab from South East , TPLF from North , Sudan from West , OLF from inside . Egypt from top and Querro from down are testing Abiy, that’s why border area wth Somalia and Kenya due to security alerts of level 4 the US State Department issued out warning .

    Besides that especially the northern part of the Tigrai State is still the safest most relaxed luxurious best place, you might fall in love with the state and decide to stay in Tigrai for good once you set foot in any city in Tigrai State as many other ethnicities did .

  2. Good news. No one will benefit from escalating the dispute. Macho man attitude ain’t gonna work. Macho man is only good in the ring doing the wrestling stuff and Randy is dead and long gone. Ok Egypt!! Back to your seat now!!!

    But this is really bad news for the ‘Republic’ mongering bigots. Now el-Sisi may be forced to hold back the bread crumbs on you. He is the only one who can read your sick mind!!!

  3. Effort conglomerate and METEC. Messobo Cement factory had been putting/burried low quality standard materials even in some places leaving empty with no material . Also burrief are dynamite chemical explosives deep in the GERD dam all.these done by falsifying records , explosives are put so when the GERD dam collapses due to the low quality sometimes no materials the METEC Effort Conglomerate put starting from deep inside the foundation upto the middle part of the dam by breaching the contract they were hired to do resulting in possible collapse of the entire dam .

    When the collapse happens due to the low quality materials , any of the remaining evidence of the low quality materials are intended to get blown into pieces with the dynamite chemical explosives put burried so no evidence remaining survives to hold the METEC EFFORT CONGLOMERATE liable for the GERD dam collapsing.

    http://www.ginbot7.org/List_of_TPLF_Companies_Under_EFFORT.htm

  4. The GERD dam construction total cost is expected to be over than $6.4 Biliions of USD dollars.

    More than $4 Billions of USD dollars had already been spent so far with 60% of the construction or over a half of the construction being completed so far.

    In the future 40% of the construction is yet to be completed. Ethiopia will most likely need to borrow money from Egypt to finish the remaining 40% of the Construction.

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