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  • Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan pick consultancy firms to conduct studies on GERD

    Addis Ababa: April 9, 2015 (FBC) – High ranking officials from Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan today agreed in selecting the international consultancy firms to conduct hydrological simulation modeling studies on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

    Ministers of water and irrigation from the three countries had been holding the fifth round of talks of the tripartite technical committee for the past two days here in Addis Ababa.

    At the conclusion of the meeting, the committee approved the selection of a firm to be the primary consultant to conduct the two studies on the dam. A second firm was also selected to perform tasks as a sub-consultant.

    Water and Irrigation Ministers from Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan signed the agreement. It was noted the selected consultancy firms will be contacted individually and their identities will be made public, however, fanabc.com has learnt, from reliable sources, the French firm BRL Ingénierie (BRLI), proposed by Ethiopia, has been selected to conduct the two studies on the dam.

    BRL Ingénierie (BRLI) has an experience in water engineering spanning 75 years, including an extensive experience in projects on the Nile Basin. It offers specialized engineering services in areas related to water, the environment and regional land-use management.

    BRLI works in France and in over 80 other countries in the world, for local councils and authorities and for large international funding organizations.

    The Egyptian proposed firm Delta Raise, according to sources, has been selected as the sub-consultant to perform tasks on the modeling.

    By Kasaye Wolde and Bahru Yidnekachew
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  • Declaration of Principles (DoP) between Ethiopia, the Sudan and Egypt

    EIPSA Press Release on Agreement on the Declaration of Principles (DoP) between Ethiopia, the Sudan and Egypt
    admin - Sat, 2015-04-04 19:37

    After long years of struggle, confrontation and negotiations over the utilization the Nile waters, Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt signed an Agreement on Declaration of Principles on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Project (GERDP) on 23rd March, 2015. The signing of the Declaration of Principles (DoP) by the three countries is a turning point in the history of the Nile politics. The DoP is the first step and a foundation in turning dispute and confrontation into cooperation. It is also a sign of common understanding and determination by the three countries to elevate their relations to a higher level and enhance their cooperation.

    EIPSA believes that the signing of the DoP is an important breakthrough and a historical phenomenon in the Eastern Nile Basin countries mainly for five major reasons.

    Firstly, there has never been a consensus reached and an agreement signed between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt concerning the management and utilization of the Nile waters. Hence the DoP, despite on a specific project like the GERD, is very important first step, signalling a fundamental change of course into a convergence of interests of the three countries.

    Secondly, one of the best messages of this DoP is that, Egypt by agreeing to the basic principles of international water law such as “equitable and reasonable utilization” and “no significant harm” accepts that all riparian states have the right to utilize the Nile waters for any purpose. The DoP the three countries signed in Khartoum contravenes the so-called previous agreements namely, the 1929 and 1959 agreements which denied Ethiopia’s inherent right to use its Nile waters. These agreements ((Ethiopia was not part of the agreements) unjustly gives Egypt a self-claimed “historic right” and “veto power” over the Nile waters by undermining the interests of all other riparian states. Ethiopia and the other Nile Basin countries rejected the 1929 and 1959 agreements on the basis of international law and customary practices. The DoP, however, sets the path for equitable and reasonable utilization of the Nile waters. And this is in fact a testimony to Ethiopia’s principled stance regarding the Nile waters which is based on win-win approach and equity to all riparian states.

    Thirdly, Egypt, as a matter of fact, accepted the construction of GERD and Ethiopia’s right to use its water resources. In the past, Egypt had launched many massive diplomatic offensives against Ethiopia to hinder the construction of the GERD including denial of Ethiopia`s legitimate right to utilize its Nile waters.

    Fourthly, the signing of the DoP is historical because it is a document where the three countries come together and show that it is possible to build trust and confidence among the Nile Basin countries by disregarding history of mistrust, confrontation and suspicion.

    Fifthly, from the principles stated in the DoP, it is clear that, the three countries have reached the understanding that no other option in the management and utilization of the Nile waters is on the table but cooperation.

    Finally, EIPSA warmly welcomes the signing of the DoP and appreciates the decision and commitment of the leaders of the three countries that demonstrate cooperation and good neighbourliness. EIPSA, as a professional association, would also like to congratulate the people of Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt for this remarkable achievement of their respective people and governments. The official DoP document is annexed below and recommend to all scholars and commentators to use it as a reference. EIPSA would also like to announce that it will come up with detailed analyses of the DoP on GERD very soon.


    EIPSA Executive Committee, April 2015
    Ethiopian Professional Support for Abay/Nile (EIPSA)


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  • Excavation work of GERD ‘almost completed’

    Excavation work of GERD ‘almost completed’
    By Elias Meseret, DireTube Correspondent

    The excavation work on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is ‘almost completed’, Project Manager of the mega- Dam has told foreign journalists who visited the construction site on Tuesday afternoon. Simegnew Bekele said the main concrete wall of the dam has currently reached a height of 545 meters and this has also signaled the stepping up of the concrete filling process that has being undertaken at the project for the past four years.

    “The placement of concrete is now in full swing. The connecting bay of the building is also being undertaken. I can say that a substantial amount of work has so far been accomplished and is also on progress at the site,” Simegnew said.

    GERD will have 16 powerhouses, each with a capacity to generate 375MW of electricity. The Metal and Engineering Corporation (METEC) has been commissioned to embed a circular arc of ten pipes which will bring water from behind the Dam to the power houses.

    Close to 9,000 people are currently working at the GERD construction site that is located in the Benishangul Gumuz Regional State. Located only 20km away from the Sudanese border, the Dam will have a generating capacity of a whopping 6,000MW.

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  • Al-Sisi: Ethiopia has right to development with no harm to Egypt’s water interests


    President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi stressed that the Ethiopian people have the right to development and progress without harming Egyptian people's right to secure their water interests.

    "Through dialogue and cooperation, we can achieve our interests without harming each others," Sisi told the Ethiopian TV.

    "We can work on optimizing benefits from the Nile water and achieving the mutual benefits of Egypt and Ethiopia as well as those of the African people," he said.

    Sisi stressed that there is a political will for cooperation.

    He also reaffirmed that Egypt and Ethiopia kicked off a new phase of relations, saying "we are looking forward to upgrading the level of ties between the two countries."

    "We are seeking to dispel doubts and overcome concerns over the Nile water," Sisi said.


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  • Egypt, Ethiopia Nile deal holds potential for future disputes

    Egypt Independent

    Hydro diplomacy on the Nile

    A deal signed between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan pledging cooperation to resolve differences over the Nile River water project is a trigger for future clashes, according to Foreign Policy Magazine.

    The three countries signed an agreement a week ago on cooperation in the Nile River project, which observers said amounted to an official Egyptian recognition of Ethiopia’s problematic Grand Renaissance Dam.

    Egypt and Sudan had feared that the US$5 billion power-generating dam would affect historical water shares agreed upon in an accord signed in 1959, while Ethiopia frequently reassures them the dam will have no negative impact on their countries.

    “There is still plenty of scope for future problems,” the magazine said. “The accord only addresses the Grand Renaissance Dam, not water-sharing along the Nile basin.” The magazine also pointed out that concerns remain over the dam’s safety and possible ecological impact on southern Sudanese regions.

    On a slightly more hopeful stance, however, Foreign Policy Magazine added, “After years of poisoning the atmosphere between Cairo and Addis Ababa, the controversial dam might yet be able to channel the two countries into a closer and more productive relationship, at least as far as security is concerned.”
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  • Kenya lauds GERD agreement

    Addis AbabaMarch 29/2015 Kenya lauded the agreement signed on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan saying it will boost cooperation among the Nile riparian countries.

    Kenyan Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed, who is in Addis Ababa for COMESA meeting, told ENA that the agreement is a huge stride in recognizing fair utilization of the waters of the Nile.

    It will have a role to bolster social and economic development and mutual benefit, she said. It will also help to build peace and stability in the East African region.

    It implies that the countries have come to a common juncture by ridding off the suspicion between themselves, she said.

    Noting the agreement on the principles that recognize the right for fair utilization of the resource, the Minister said it will help to solve challenges through dialogue and boost social, economic and political ties between the three countries.

    The signing of the agreement, which comes after ensuring that the Ethiopian dam will not pose any significant harm to downstream countries, is a success for the three countries, she said.

    Ethiopia's Foreign Minister Dr Tedros Adhanom agrees on that the agreement opens a new door for cooperation among the countries.

    Many countries, including the U.S appreciated the three countries for reaching agreement to recognize fair utilization of the waters of the Nile and future cooperation on the resource.

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