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Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia to begin fresh talks on Renaissance Dam in Khartoum

The three countries will discuss technical offers by French firms BRL and Artelia to carry out impact studies

Ahram Online , Sunday 7 Feb 2016
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Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam (Reuters)
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Fresh talks between Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia will begin on Sunday in Khartoum to discuss the technical offer from French firms BRL and Artelia on impact studies of Ethiopia's controversial Grand Renaissance Dam (GERD).

During the three-day talks, the countries will also discuss the offers with the two firms’ representatives, state news agency MENA reported.

In late January, Egypt announced that it had received the firms’ offers, and that it was reviewing them ahead of the tripartite meeting.

Although Egypt has repeatedly expressed concern over the dam's possible effect on the country, Ethiopia insists it will not negatively affect Egypt's share of Nile water.

In December 2015, President El-Sisi addressed the public saying that there is no reason to worry about the dam and that the matter would be resolved.

"I totally understand the concern of Egyptians as water is a matter of life or death," El-Sisi added.

The dam, scheduled to be completed in 2017, will be Africa's largest hydroelectric power plant with a storage capacity of 74 billion cubic metres of water.

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Yared Seyoum.
17-02-2016 01:33pm
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Promissing!
Promissing!                                               When all her objections on the size & water content of the GERD failed, Egypt turned to deplomacy. There was no stone that she hadn't cast to stop the dam from being built. All without success. But now she has received the impact study, analyzed & studied it. Hopfully, the coming fresh talks in Khartoum will be a big sucess. A promissing one indeed!!!                       Yared Seyoum.                                                                                                    
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Tut
07-02-2016 04:38pm
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Plan B
The dam, scheduled to be completed in 2017, will be completed next year regardless of Fresh talks between Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia on Sunday. No matter that the French consultants come up with in their study 7-9 months from now, the dam will be completed; Ethiopia is moving on. Egypt should consider Plan B, whatever it is; how will they live with the dam.
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Tut
07-02-2016 07:52pm
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Egypt potential is enormous
Munken is 100% correct; Egypt has enormous potential, with amazing sun power, modern irrigation, efficient agriculture, livestock, aquaculture and fish farming; we can feed not only our people but all Africa. Guess what’s missing to accomplish all that? No it’s not money!
Munken
07-02-2016 07:19pm
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Plan C
Why only plan B? I think Egypt should have plan C, D, E, F..etc, that is what Egypt should do. Use water saving technology in irrigation, learn not always to blame, but how the Israel turn the desert in to paradise in just few decades, desalinate the water, tap in to the great Sahara reservoir of ground water, and invest in the Nile basin countries, especially Ethiopia and Sudan in agriculture, surprise Ethiopia and the Arab world by exporting wheat. Why do u have to always import wheat from Canada and Europe...? If you want to be a leader in Africa, show us the way, not block the way, that will be narcissism and we will hear your only when we see hope, like the one and the only Elsisi is doing it now, Long live Egypt and Ethiopia!!!!
Munken
07-02-2016 07:09pm
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Plan C
Why only plan B? I think Egypt should have plan C, D, E, F..etc, that is what Egypt should do. Use water saving technology in irrigation, learn not always to blame, but how the Israel turn the desert in to paradise in just few decades, surprise Ethiopia and the Arab world by exporting wheat. Why do u have to always import wheat from Canada and Europe...? If you want to be a leader in Africa, show us the way, not block the way by having only two plans of narcissism.
Munken
07-02-2016 06:53pm
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Plan C
Why only plan B? I think Egypt should have planc C, D E, F..etc, that is what great countries do.
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