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Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt’s Water Ministers resume River Nile project talks

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The Water Ministers of Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt meet in Addis Ababa on Friday, 15 November 2019, to thrash out the technical details of the controversial River Nile project.

The three countries have reached a consensus to continue the trilateral technical discussions on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) as a follow-up to a meeting hosted by the United States a week ago.

They agreed to hold four technical governmental meetings between Water Ministers, to which the World Bank and United States will attend as observers.

The ministers also agreed to work towards the completion of an agreement by 15 January 2020 and hold two meetings in Washington on 9 December 2019 and 13 January 2020 in order to assess and support progress.

Dr Seleshi Bekele, Ethiopian Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy, announced the completion of the construction work on the saddle dam of the hydroelectric power project earlier this week.

The completion of the 50m high and 5.2km long concrete-faced rock-fill dam (CRFD) is an important milestone for the project, said the minister.

The ancillary work to the CFRD, such as grouting and finishing works on audits, will be soon finalized, the minister stated on Twitter.

The construction of GERD is over 68 percent complete, according to the Ethiopian government.

Ethiopia envisaged finalizing the project, which is being built in Benishangul Gumuz State, by 2023. 

It will be the largest dam in Africa. 

– APA 

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