Last Update 23:17
Ex-irrigation minister says Egypt not proactive enough on Ethiopian dam
Mohamed Nasr El-Deen says Egypt is only reacting, and too little, too late, on the risks Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam poses to its water security
Ahram Online, Wednesday 5 Mar 2014
Share/Bookmark
Views: 6480
Dam
thiopia's Great Renaissance Dam is constructed in Guba Woreda, some 40 km (25 miles) from Ethiopia's border with Sudan, June 28, 2013. (Photo: Reuters)

Former Minister of Irrigation Mohamed Nasr El-Deen said in a press conference that Egypt is not being proactive enough about the risks of the Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam.

The conference took place Wednesday in Cairo, organised by the liberal Free Egyptians Party and Al-Ahram Centre for Political and Strategic Studies.

Nasr El-Deen believes that one of the main problems in Egypt's response to the Renaissance Dam is that the steps taken to resolve the issue are reactive. He added that Egypt's reactions are always either late or indecisive.

Nasr El-Deen said that the information Egypt has about Nile Basin countries is neither enough nor up to standard.

"Egypt is experiencing an acute shortage of qualified technical manpower, as a consequence of limited training programmes, weak financial incentives and a lack of education in universities and research centres," he stated.

Nasr El-Deen also said that the Free Egyptians Party, along with some university professors, ore about to found a non-governmental organisation, which will be known as the Egyptian Council for Water.

The NGO is supposed to conduct studies and analyse technical, economic, legal, political and funding issues required to maintain the interests of Egypt in the Nile River.

The NGO will also work to support strategic relations with Sudan.

Nasr El-Deen pointed out that Ethiopia has succeeded in imposing its own agenda on negotiations that have been taking place on the Renaissance Dam.

Amr Moussa, head of the outgoing 50-Member Committee tasked with amending Egypt's 2012 Constitution, was among attendees of the press conference.

Moussa believes that Egypt has been taking all diplomatic procedures to halt the construction of the Ethiopian dam.

Ethiopia's Renaissance Dam project 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 its possible effects on Egypt's share of Nile water.

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

On Monday, present Irrigation Minister Mahmoud Abdel-Muttalib denounced on what he described as Ethiopia's obstinacy towards building the Renaissance Dam.

He also said that Egypt may send an official statement demanding that construction of the Ethiopian dam be halted until a mutually agreeable solution is found.

Egypt has repeatedly demanded that Ethiopia submit construction plans for the dam for assessment by international experts.

However, Ethiopian Irrigation Minister Alamayo Tegno said his country is committed to the recommendations of an international committee of experts.





Short link:

 

Email
 
Name
 
Comment's Title
 
Comment
Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 4000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.
47



GH
19-03-2014 05:06am
0-
1+
ABAY
I think Egypt has to stop being a bully and drag itself to the 21st century rather than rest its legal base on the 1929/59 colonial (British) era documents and historical rhetorics-"egypt the gift of the nile" (or is it vise versa). It should also be sentsitive and accomodative of is neighbours and try to share common resources equtably. Yes the middle east monarchs and USA may be helping it today as "tecnical freind" but they dont have any power to change the demands of nature in the nile basin- increased population, need for developmenta, energy- etc. people in the nile basin have also a need to survive and dont forget they will also fight for a drop of water with their drop of blood. peaceful co-existence is the politics of the 21st century and beyond. Peace only wins! Negotiate - and you USA-armed saudy-infused military power will change nothng in the long run.
Email
 
Name
 
Comment's Title
 
Comment
46



Menelik
19-03-2014 03:47am
0-
0+
A letter Demanding to halt..?
By the time Egypt sends a letter demanding a halt to the construction of the GERD dam, the study of the other successive dams on the Nile river will be completed and Ethiopia might probably lay the foundation of another dam which will generate a 2000MW of electricity, the plan of which is being studied by the help of Norwegian government. I advise the Egyptian people not to think as a country which have a full authority over the Nile, rather act as a friendly country which seeks mutual respect and maximum benefit out of it. Don't forget that you have built some 13 or more golf clubs on the Nile shores which requires a huge amount of waters and you don't expect Ethiopians not to use it for power generations let alone irrigation purpose...? Come on, we are both African brotherly nations. it shouldn't take your time before you accept the reality on the ground.
Email
 
Name
 
Comment's Title
 
Comment
45



Tsegay W.
15-03-2014 05:13pm
0-
1+
"He also said....."
"He also said that Egypt may send an official statement demanding that construction of the Ethiopian dam be halted until a mutually agreeable solution is found." Ha Ha.....Do You, Mr. Minister, think that we have time to read your statement? Don't you know that we are busy at completing the GERD on time(And if we can in time)? We have lots of assignments ahead; developing our beloved Nation and changing the lives of these strong People. So, please do not waste our precious time by offering these Nonesense Statements!If you can, try to cooperate so that you will see its fruits soon. Otherwise, keep quiet and let us do our business.
Email
 
Name
 
Comment's Title
 
Comment
44



love
12-03-2014 09:07pm
0-
0+
it desnt mettar
Egyptions dont be so selfsh
Email
 
Name
 
Comment's Title
 
Comment
43



Salahadin
12-03-2014 10:19am
0-
0+
New egyptian elites theory "Gravity pulls water uphill" and Hydro power consumes water"
I am much eager to see the 'great run" to prove the theory of some elite Egyptian politicians on ‘gravity pulls water uphill and hydro-power GRD consumes Nile water’. May the Almighty help them in understanding the reality!!!!!!!!!!!! NB: GERD is under construction in the periphery 40 km from Sudan border and there is no or scarce potential for irrigation. The objective is hydroelectric power
Email
 
Name
 
Comment's Title
 
Comment
42



benialem
11-03-2014 03:44pm
0-
0+
give blood for great dam
we Ethiopians have international right to build the dam that help us to improve my living style. what ever it take we complete the renaissance dam with in scheduled time and we protect it by my combined powerful hand.
Email
 
Name
 
Comment's Title
 
Comment
41



Goraw
07-03-2014 08:57pm
0-
1+
Win-Win or ....
Egyptians are considering themselves as the only human being who need development not other national like Ethiopia. We as developing country have to use every means available to eradicate poverty from our nation. It is because of our poverty that Arabs are playing on our sisters in the Arab countries. We will not stop the dam.Still we know that it will not affect both Egypt and Sudan. But Egyptians don't want to know that the dam will not affect them. As the minster said last time Egyptians come always to talk not to discuss. Foolish and selfish Egyptians have to be careful before any threatening action. You have Aswan we will have Nile Dam. If we don't have Nile dam you will loss Aswan for sure. Ethiopians don't want to harm Egyptians brothers. In the other side Egyptians have to be happy when their African brothers are having development plan.
Email
 
Name
 
Comment's Title
 
Comment
40



seyoum
07-03-2014 03:26pm
0-
0+
get the real facts
often wonder why some egyptians don't try to get the real facts rather than sing war-drum all along ? ethiopians would also now like to live well like some of you. As for threats, what good would it do ? Think about it, our friends of the nile
Email
 
Name
 
Comment's Title
 
Comment
39



efrem
07-03-2014 01:38pm
1-
2+
this is our Nile Habesha nile
if some one says for other man just like this: you do not have to use your own money from your own pocket is that possible so Nile is the gift of our God that give us to Ethiopia we have to use it properly
Email
 
Name
 
Comment's Title
 
Comment
38



Nibu
07-03-2014 08:56am
0-
0+
equitable utilization is a win win solution
In history ; no one had gain something good without loosing something important.Ethiopians and Egyptians has to zooming in their lence of watching on this natural resource ,Nile.
Email
 
Name
 
Comment's Title
 
Comment

© 2010 Ahram Online. Advertising