ETHIOPIA IN NEW ROUND OF DISCUSSION ON GIANT DAM PROJECT WITH SUDAN, EGYPT

ADDIS ABABA, Water and Foreign Ministers of Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan have started another round of discussions here on the giant Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project being built on the Blue Nile.

Ethiopian Foreign Minister Workeneh Gebeyhu said here Tuesday that Ethiopia would work wholeheartedly to ensure the success of the meeting and expressed the hope that consensus would be reached on many issues tabled for discussion.

The ministers are discussing issues which the three countries have failed to reach agreement on in their last meeting held during the first week of May.

The tripartite meeting here May 5 covered various issues including the filling of the reservoir behind the dam and the two studies to be conducted on the GERD project.

When completed, the hydro-electric dam project, being built at a cost of four billion US dollars, will be the largest dam in Africa and will be able to generate up to 6,450 megawatts of electricity.

Downstream countries Egypt and Sudan are concerned over possible diminished water flows to the countries.

Source: Nam News Network

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