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Renaissance dam right on track: Ethiopia irrigation minister

Contradicting earlier statements by Egypt Irrigation Ministry official, Ethiopian minister says on Monday Grand Renaissance Dam faces neither financial nor technical problems

MENA, Monday 13 Jan 2014
Ethiopian Minister
Ethiopian Minister of Irrigation and Energy (Courtesy of Ahram Arabic News Website)
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Ethiopian Minister of Irrigation and Energy Alemayehu Tegenu said on Monday the process of building the Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam was on track without difficulties, adding that the project will be completed on schedule.

The Ethiopian minister's words contrast with statements made by the Egyptian Irrigation Ministry Spokesman Khaled Waseef who, on 8 January, said in a press statement the Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam faces financial as well as technical problems, as reported by MENA.

The Ethiopian media reiterated the minister's assurances there were neither financial nor technical problems affecting the project.

Tegenu added that Ethiopia does not accept Egypt's proposal which calls for the formation of a parallel team of international experts alongside the existing one for additional negotiations over the project.

The planned Grand Renaissance Dam is a $4.2 billion hydroelectric dam on the Blue Nile, one of the main tributaries of the Nile. The project has been a source of concern for the Egyptian government since May last year, when images of the dam's construction stirred public anxiety about possible effects on Egypt's share of the Nile water, the country's main source of potable water.

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan formed a tripartite technical committee to study the possible effects of the dam and try to generate consensus. Ethiopia maintains that Egypt's water share will not be negatively affected by the successful completion of the project.

In recent meetings in Khartoum, the tripartite committee was scheduled to formulate a document that entails "confidence building measures" between the countries, and also to form a special international conflict-resolution committee. Both plans failed as Egypt and Ethiopia refused to see eye-to-eye.

In June, Ethiopia's parliament ratified an international treaty, which Egypt opposes, allowing upstream countries to implement irrigation and hydropower projects without first seeking Egypt's approval.

The deal replaces colonial-era agreements that grant Egypt and Sudan the majority of Nile River water rights.

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12-05-2014 05:41pm
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Wrong information
There is no need for international conflict resolution. The three countries need to achieve agreement for the future benefits. Here, Egypt failed to cooperate. If not willing, that is up to the decision of the politician. But, they should no cheat their own people.
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12-05-2014 05:40pm
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There is no need for international conflict resolution. The three countries need to achieve agreement for the future benefits. Here, Egypt failed to cooperate. If not willing, that is up to the decision of the politician. But, they should no cheat their own people.
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12-05-2014 05:40pm
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There is no need for international conflict resolution. The three countries need to achieve agreement for the future benefits. Here, Egypt failed to cooperate. If not willing, that is up to the decision of the politician. But, they should no cheat their own people.
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azzam
13-02-2014 09:55am
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We all African
Dear all I am Egyptian and i believe in only one thing that we all are African and we must talk and cooperate because reasonable and respect talk is the only way to solve any problems . We all African from North to South and from East to west .
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Dr. Muhammad Ahmed
11-02-2014 10:26am
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if you can,do it!!
we didn’t know what will happen in the future, and I think you eager to finish your Dam on the survived of Egyptians, let us see what is the next, and then you will see the Collapse of your Dam. my greetings to ex-Grand Renaissance Dam of Ethiopia
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Ethiopian
15-02-2014 02:25am
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Calm Down
As repeatdly expressed, we do not have interntion to affect Egypt water share. Our objective is win win. Some ignorant Egyptians need to stop being selfish. We Ethiopians have the capacity to withsatand anything. Belive it or not we will do it, then you guys will start to beg us, to accept what we are offering now. No one knows, what will happen next
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Hesham Haggag
07-02-2014 08:26pm
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Your Dam
The Ethiopian Renaissance dam is going to hurt Egypt big time, and you don't need it, not that big anyway, the turbines will work on 15 Billion and no harm done, why increase the volume if it is not going to add to your electricity generated power ? The evaporating volume of water out of that huge lake will hurt us and you too on the long run.
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engida zewdie
31-01-2014 02:55pm
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You Egyptian must respect other African brothers. Your scientists very well know that hydro-power dam does not affect Egypt's water supply. Let us use the common resource together. Today, Egypt is no more colony of foreign power who had successively ruled it and bestowed a false veto power to grant or deny rightful countries to utilize their own resource. The good thing for you is not to oppose the CFA, but to come onboard and work together so that you benefit. Beside, upper riparian countries very well know that Egypt sat on 150billion cubic meters of usable underground water you should start thinking using.
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Negussie
28-01-2014 02:26pm
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YES!!!! NO ONE CAN STOP US
We Ethiopians are highly supporting this project because we believe that this project will be helpful in eradicating poverty from our country. Furthermore, we are constructing it to enhance our journey of the middle income country. As you know, in a given country, an electric power is a very crucial element to boost economic growth and well being of the society. The project has made peoples of Ethiopia to be unified more. In the recent history of the country, no project is able to capture the attention of the whole citizen from one corner of the country to the other. Starting from the inception of this project, the people and government of Ethiopia have never been relied on others financial support. WE Ethiopians are sure this Project will not face any financial problem because it is our number one project. Concerning its technical feasibility, as you know, no country will damp its 4.2 billion dollar worth into something which is not feasible. As Ato Alemayehu is telling you the truth, I want to say YES, No one can STOP us from finalizing this project.
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Negussie
28-01-2014 10:57am
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Almayehu Tegenu is Right.
We Ethiopians are highly supporting this project because we believe that this project will be helpful in eradicating poverty from our country. Furthermore, we have started it to enhance our journey of the middle income country. As you know electric power is a very crucial element to boost economic growth and well being of the society in one's country. It has made people to be unified more. No project in the recent history of the country is able to capture the attention of the whole citizen from one corner of the country to the other. the people and government of Ethiopia have not been relied on others to get any financial support starting from the inception of the project .I am sure this Project will not face any financial problem because it is our number one project. Concerning to technical feasibility, as you know, no country cannot damp its 4.2 billion dollar worth into something which is not feasible. As Ato Alemayehu is telling you the truth, i want to say YES, No one can STOP us from finalizing this project.
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feven
22-01-2014 03:34pm
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p/s think globally
hay all egyptian polleticians p/s think globally this is 21th century.dont use 4 polletics my renaissance dam and do historical work for your country with out lie and stollen polletical game.
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