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Sudan is the most affected by filling of Ethiopian dam, says Irrigation Minister

7 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)


“Sudan is the most affected by the dam,” Irrigation Minister Yasir Abbas, June 6, 2020


June 6, 2020 (Sudan Tribune) – Sudan’s irrigation minister Saturday stressed the need for an agreement on the filing of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) saying that his country is the most affected by its construction.

 Minister Yasir Abbas made his remarks during a TV talk show with the Sudanese foreign minister Asma Abdalla on Saturday on the GERD.

The talks between Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan on the GERD are stalled after Ethiopian refusal to discuss the remaining issuing under a U.S.-led initiative to settle the dispute between the three countries.

“The filling of the reservoir of Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) affects the storage in the reservoirs of Roseires and Sennar dams on the Blue Nile,” said Abbas before to stress that this makes agreement on the principles of initial filling important.

The minister further said that the operation of the Roseires Dam which is at 60 km from the border with Ethiopia depends primarily on the operation of the Renaissance Dam at 15 km from the Sudanese border.

“Sudan is the most affected by the dam,” he emphasized.

The capacity of the Roseires dam reservoir is 7,300 billion cubic meters(bcm), while the GERD water storage capacity is 74 billion which is greater than the Blue Nile yearly average flow of 49 bcm.

Ethiopia reportedly proposes to release 31 bcm of the Blue Nile flow per year while Egypt wants to receive at least 40 bcm to ensure its agricultural production.

In mid-January, the U.S. Treasury announced that the three countries agreed that the initial filling of the dam, due to begin in July, will aim for a level of 595 meters above sea level and early electricity generation while providing appropriate mitigation measures for Egypt and Sudan during severe droughts.

The minister said his country is accused by Egypt and Ethiopia of siding with either country, asserting that Sudan takes its positions based on its national interests without harming the interest of the other two countries.

For her part, the foreign minister reiterated Sudan’s rejection to start the filing of the GERD’s reservoir before the conclusion of an agreement between the three countries.

“The agreement on the principles of filling and operation is a prerequisite that Sudan has put forward throughout the different negotiating rounds,” she said. (ST)



History Will Judge [Ethiopian] Negotiators on GERD [Will It?]

20 May

Posted by The Ethiopia observstory (TEO )

By Addis Fortune, February 8, 2020

Belatedly, negotiators over the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (DERD) took the rare gesture in explaining to the public the positions they have taken during tough talks with their counterparts from Sudan and Egypt. They faced a select group of people gathered at the Hyatt Regency Hotel late last week, in a forum organised by the Institute for Strategic Studies (ISA), after their return from Washington, D.C., the capital of the convener and the headquarters of the World Bank.

To their disappointment, the damage has already been done. Public perception has already been formed, seeing the negotiators in disfavour, believing that they have compromised Ethiopia’s national interest under duress from the US government and the World Bank. The Hyatt session was an attempt to redress this and assure the public that no document will be signed if it is deemed against Ethiopia’s interests. Indeed, the team, led by Seleshi Bekele (PhD), minister of Water, Irrigation & Energy, has delved into plenty of technical details to make its point and appealed for public understanding.

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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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