In a bid that will saw the Grand Renaissance Dam undertaken in a satisfactory manner to Sudan and Ethiopia, Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have penned an agreement on the same. The three met in Khartoum, Sudan for the signing of the agreement.
The construction of the dam is being undertaken by Ethiopia, but Egypt has argued that diverting River Nile will hamper its access to water for agriculture – water it has relied on for the last couple of years.
The Grand Renaissance Dam will see Ethiopia add of power, and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said at the signing that the dam project will not hamper or hurt the country’s motives.
The dam project now will be overseen by a team of international experts agreed on by the three countries. The dam construction will help Ethiopia add 6,000 MW of power to its grid, and the first phase was set to come online this year.
“I confirm the construction of the Grand Renaissance Dam will not cause any damage to our three states and especially to the Egyptian people,” said Hailemariam Desalegn, the Ethiopian prime minister, at the signing ceremony.