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Egypt politicians angry over foreign minister's statement to "finance Ethiopia's Dam"

Published: Apr 9, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Politics
Egypt politicians angry over foreign minister's statement to "finance Ethiopia's Dam"

The statements on the Renaissance Dam issue and water crisis, which were made by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nabil Fahmy and the Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohammed Abdel Matlab, have sparked angry reactions.

National and political forces have demanded that the minister of foreign affairs stop making statements such as the one in which he revealed that Egypt was ready to take part in the financing of the Renaissance Dam.

Nader Noureddin, a professor of water resources and agricultural land at the University of Cairo, described the statements made by Fahmy that Egypt offered to finance the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam as catastrophic. Noureddin said that Fahmy’s statements are dangerous and wrong, and his remarks are incomplete and unclear.

They may be exploited in a bad way by Ethiopia, since Ethiopia has refused Egyptian participation in financing construction of the dam, which has a 14 billion cubic-meter capacity and other specifications that guarantee the sharing of Nile water by Egypt and Sudan.

Source
Al Monitor

Ethiopian Scholars responses to Egyptian Politicians Remarks

Published: Apr 9, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Politics
Ethiopian Scholars responses to Egyptian Politicians Remarks

Following an Egyptian presidential candidate’s remark on the renaissance dam some Ethiopian scholars have expressed their views to the FBC.

The Egyptian presidential candidate Mortada Mansor has said that if he becomes president he would use military force to stop the construction of the renaissance dam’s project.

In response to this remark Dr. Mussa Mohammed said that the remark clearly depicts Egypt’s intent to use the river’s water all by itself.

Dr. Yakob Arsano who has researched on the river basin for about 25 years, in its part, said that whatsoever military means by the Egyptian government can’t hinder Ethiopian from using the river. “To control Abay one has to control Ethiopian; which is unthinkable” he added.

Dilla University’s political science and international relations lecturer Zerihun Abebe also commented that “the remark by the presidential candidate shows two things: the first one being the personality of the candidate and the second one ‘an effort to cultivate the issue of the renaissance dam for his political gain’ which can never be materialized”.

Girum Tebeje of DireTube from FBC

40 000 Condos of the 20/80 Regime will be Hand over in Two Months time

Published: Apr 9, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Social Affairs
40 000 Condos of the 20/80 Regime will be Hand over in Two Months time

Addis Ababa City Administration announced that 40 000 condos of the 20/80 regime will be handed over in two months time by a chance draw.

 The city’s deputy mayor Ato Abate Setotaw told FBC that the condos will have all the necessary infrastructures and the handover will be carried out as fast as possible.

Most of the 40 000 condos are located at the Yeka Abado and Tulu Dimtu areas where currently 80% of the construction is fully completed.

 Around Addis at ten different locations there are about 95 000 condos on construction.

 Girum Tebeje of DireTube from FBC

Ethiopia's New stadium Deal goes to Qatar, Australia consortium

Published: Apr 9, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Sport News
Ethiopia's New stadium Deal goes to Qatar, Australia consortium

Ethiopia’s to FIFA/Olympic-standard stadium is to be built by a Qatar and Australia consortium, the Doha-based Australian company Designsport said in a statement.The company, in partnership with local Ethiopian architects JDAW, won the bid based on its design for a sunken arena for a new national stadium and sports village in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

According to TradeArabia news, the stadium evokes “Ethiopia’s world-famous excavated architecture and the ‘Mother womb’, the skeleton of one of the first humans, Lucy, who is about 3.2 million years old.”

The stadium will be designed and erected in the likeness of a coffee bean, highlighting the country’s main source of income.

“The façade material that wraps around the stadium was similarly inspired by Ethiopian culture, modeled on the Massob, an Ethiopian communal serving basket made from woven grass,” the companies’ said. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2014 and will be the largest sports structure in the country.

Samantha Cotterell, CEO of Designsport, a consultancy specializing in sport architecture and event design, who led the bid, said: “The brief was to design a center that would revitalize sport in Ethiopia. The result is a sports venue which can be used by all. It is for community use at a grass roots level right through to providing a high performance training center for elite athletes and a location for major international sporting events.”

Chris Bosse, who led the design team, and is a director of Lava, said: “We have gone back to the very origin of stadium design with the sunken arena surrounded by grandstands formed from excavated material.

“The man-made crater is a clever remodeling of the existing terrain, integrating facilities within the landscape. It is an efficient use of space which optimizes the site’s environmental performance while minimizing construction costs.”

Source Han Geeska Afrika.com

Ethiopian Contractors to Build a 371 MW Hydroelectric Power Plant

Published: Apr 9, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Economy
Ethiopian Contractors to Build a 371 MW Hydroelectric Power Plant

Ethiopian Electric Power Service (EEPS) decided for a collaboration of five Ethiopian contractors to build a 371 MW hydroelectric power plant on Geba River which is a tributary of Baro River.

The contractors are Sur construction and Mesfin Industrial engineering of the Effort investment group, the private company Sigma Electric Manufacturing Corporation, the government’s Metals Engineering Corporation (MetEC) and Water Works Design and Supervision Enterprise.

EEPS has decided to give the dam’s civil and hydro mechanical works for Sur construction and Mesfin Industrial engineering. The Electro mechanical works of the dam are also given to the Sigma Electric Manufacturing Corporation.

Moreover, the dam’s design work is handed to Metals Engineering Corporation (MetEC) and Water Works Design and Supervision Enterprise.

The hydroelectric power project needs between 600 and 650 million dollars and the fund for the project is not known yet.

Girum Tebeje of DireTube from the Reporter-
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