Tag Archives: GERD

Ethiopia: from autarchy to developmentalism

15 Apr

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Ivan Cuesta-Fernandez*

    “As fast-track growth overhauls the Ethiopian society, the regime is obliged to re-consider its recipe of mixed authoritarianism and development – as Franco’s Spain was.”

On May 24 Ethiopia will celebrate its fifth parliamentary elections. A defeat of the incumbent Ethiopia’s People Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), in power since 1991, appears as highly unlikely. Such a defeat would see the opposition making a giant stride forward from its current unique seat in the chamber. That alone reflects the EPRDF’s deliberate efforts – in the 2010 elections, marred by credible allegations of intimidation and fraud – to avoid at any rate a repetition of the ‘accident’ of 2005. Then, the regime was inflicted a devastating and utterly humiliating loss in Addis Ababa. To halt the propagation of the malaise, the then PM Meles Zenawi decided to administer the country through authoritarianism and developmentalism in equal doses. Predictably Zenawi’s death in Brussels in 2012 did not change much and his successor Hailemariam Desalegn is imparting a recipe only marginally more developmental.
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Ethiopia, Egypt & Sudan select firms to do GERD impact studies

10 Apr

Editor’s Note:

    The TPLF media have reported that Ethiopia-nominated French firm BRL Engineering has been selected to undertake the two main studies (Hydrology simulation Model and Transboundary Environmental Impact Assessment Study -IPoE). It is understood from the news report Egypt seems to have favored Dutch co Delta Raze to do the modelling work as subconsultant.

    Interestingly, in its April 9 article, Ahram had already stated, citing a source in Egypt’s water and irrigation ministry, “A French consultancy firm is likely to be selected to carry out new water and environmental studies on Ethiopia’s controversial Grand Renaissance Dam.” Was there an a priori understanding?


Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Water ministers in Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan selected on Thursday two international consultancy firms to conduct studies determining the impact of Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam, which has caused tensions over regional Nile river water shares.
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Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan to choose Renaissance dam consultancy firm

9 Apr

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Egypt’s Irrigation and Water Resources Minister Hossam Moghazi landed in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Wednesday for a fifth meeting over the contested Ethiopian dam.
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Egypt uncertain which way it should go to find settlement to its problem with Ethiopia’s dam

28 Mar

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin The Ethiopia Observatory

Wala Hussein of Al-Montior reported Thursday that Egypt’s Specialized National Councils has filed to the Office of the Interim President an “important report“, along with a study and recommendation for Egypt to take the case of the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) to the International Court of Justice for arbitration (sic). The journalist indicated that the report was prepared by a team of Egyptian experts in law and international arbitration, headed by Mufid Shehab, who was part of the international Taba arbitration tribunal, the reputation of which was built around Egypt’s recovery of Taba town through armistice negotiations and agreement from Israel in 1988.
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Seems certain Nile solution has evaded Ethiopian & Egyptian water ministers

12 Feb

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory

When Egypt’s Constitutional Committee Chairman Amr Moussa spoke to the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper barely two weeks ago, Egypt Independent rightly saw in the person the power to predict things in the new and chaotic Egypt.
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CORRECTION: Egypt could use Suez Canal to retaliate against Ethiopian dam move: Sabbahi

30 May

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

Ahram Online has made correction this story as follows
Opposition figure Hamdeen Sabbahi says Egypt could block Suez Canal to ships from countries that help Ethiopia build controversial dam on Blue Nile

Egypt could close the Suez Canal to ships from countries that help Ethiopia build a controversial dam on the Blue Nile in the event that the dam threatens Egypt’s supply of Nile water, Egyptian Popular Current leader Hamdeen Sabbahi said Wednesday.
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Egypt’s irrigation minister says to the gallery their final position on GERD hinges on IPoE report

30 Apr

By Daily News

The Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Mohamed Baha’a El-Din says Egypt will look to minimise cons and maximise benefits of Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam

Irrigation Minister Mohamed Baha’a El-Din said during his visit to Assiut that Egypt is waiting on a report by the International Panel of Experts (IPoE) on the effects of the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on Egypt’s share of the Nile water supply. The statement was made on Sunday, when the minister gave the green light to drain the Assiut aqueduct in order to improve and extend its foundations.
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Alstom to Supply Hydropower Dam in Ethiopia

7 Jan

By By Editors of Electric Light & Power/ POWERGRID International

Alstom signed a $330 million contract with Metals & Engineering Corp. (METEC) to supply turbines and generators for the hydropower plant of the Grand Renaissance dam, located on the Blue Nile in Ethiopia. The power plant will be operated by EEPCO.
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