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Potential solutions to Egypt-Ethiopia dam dispute remain murky

13 Jan


Egyptian president Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in his meetings with the ministers of irrigation and defense and head of General Intelligence (Photo:Egyptian presidency, Ahram Jan 11, 2016)

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

KHARTOUM, Sudan — Participants kicked up plenty of dust at the most recent round of negotiations concerning the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, but once again departed with only an agreement to keep trying to reach an agreement.
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Ethiopia’s renewable energy revolution shouldn’t fail to empower its poor

12 May

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Katie Auth*

    Large-scale clean energy projects shouldn’t eclipse the urgent need to provide electricity to low-income and rural communities

The 84 wind turbines erected just south of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, tower above an arid landscape of grassland and unpaved roads, inhabited mostly by small-scale farmers, who – along with 77% of the country’s population – lack access to electricity.
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The Khartoum Declaration on GERD & the 1997 UN Convention on the Law of Non-navigational Uses of International Watercourses

1 Apr

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

The setting

Since the March 23, 2015 understanding between Ethiopia, Egypt and the Sudan, a lot of capable Ethiopians have kindly shared their insights and interpretation of the deal and concerns too. Notwithstanding that, however, the TPLF regime has persisted in its determination to withhold all and any information about the agreement it has entered into with these two neighbors and riparian states of the Nile Basin.
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“Addis Ababa did not and will not cooperate with Israel… the door is open for Egypt”, President Mulatu

4 Oct

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Ahram Online

Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome said in an interview with UK-UAE news channel Sky News Arabia that 40 percent of his country’s Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam project has been completed, and the first stage of the dam will be operational next year.
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Unlike his predecessors, could el-Sisi see wisdom in Bloomberg Editors’ counsel on Ethiopian Dam?

30 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

By The Editors of Bloomberg, June 23, 2013: Egypt Should Welcome Ethiopia’s Nile Dam

Ethiopia is building a giant hydropower dam on the Nile. The project, however, makes Egypt unhappy, as its water supply could be threatened. Though both countries could find ways to benefit from the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, neither has displayed exemplary conflict-management skills.
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Ethiopians in Helsinki served fresh perspective on the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD)

20 Jun

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)


Exemplary contribution

This June, the superstition behind the dalliance between Friday and its 13th day came with a rare special treat to Ethiopians in Helsinki, Finland. The members of the Ethiopian community were served fresh perspective engineering could offer regarding Ethiopia’s attempts to generate power from its Blue Nile River and extent of its possibilities.
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Egypt says ready for battle over Ethiopia`s Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile

29 Nov

by Peter Fabricius, i On Global Trends

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

The continuing political turmoil in Egypt has had an impact on every aspect of the country’s life and one of those is foreign relations, as Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy readily admits. Most of this externalised turbulence, if you like, has been felt in the Middle East where Egypt’s alliances have oscillated as wildly as its own changes of government over the last two and a half years.
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US State Dept reaction to the tension over the Blue Nile

6 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

June 5, 2013 press briefing

QUESTION: — may I just go to Egypt briefly?

MS. PSAKI: Sure.

QUESTION: Yesterday there was a question from one of colleagues about the Ethiopian river dam. And I did see the statement that you put out just before we came down. But also at the same time, one of the advisors to President Morsy has borrowed a line from the U.S. briefing book, saying that all options remain open if the water supply is damaged in any way by the Ethiopians. How would you characterize that comment?

MS. PSAKI: Well, we’ve been encouraging – as many people have been – continued cooperation between the Egyptian and the Ethiopians and efforts to do that in this case. I don’t want to characterize the comment beyond that, but obviously our focus is on encouraging that and not rhetoric that would discourage it.

QUESTION: But it does seem – yeah. I mean does it seem – there’s an implicit threat there, that if something happens to Egyptians’ water supply the Egyptians could retaliate in some way against Ethiopia. I mean, there’s enough kind of crisis going on in the world. Presumably, the idea would be to try and calm this situation down.

MS. PSAKI: Of course, but our – what we’ve seen on the ground is that both sides are working together to resolve this, so we encourage that to continue and we’re hopeful that it will.

Question Taken at the June 4, 2013 Daily Press Briefing

Question: What is our reaction to escalating rhetoric between Egypt and Ethiopia regarding the controversial Blue Nile project?

Answer: Over the last year we have seen good cooperation between the Ethiopian and Egyptian governments to jointly examine the impacts of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). We encourage both countries to continue working together constructively to minimize the downstream impacts of GERD and develop the Blue Nile for the benefit of all the people in the region.

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