Egypt Launches New Round of Negotiations on Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

A general view of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam in Guba, Ethiopia on February 19, 2022. PHOTP/AFP

The Egyptian Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation has declared the commencement of a new round of ministerial negotiations concerning the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). This tripartite negotiation includes Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia and began in Cairo. This ongoing negotiation process follows two previous rounds held in Cairo and Addis Ababa within the past two months.

The main focus of these discussions is to expedite the finalization of regulations for the filling and operation of the GERD dam, aligning with the agreement reached during the meeting between the leadership of Egypt and Ethiopia on July 13. During this summit, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed committed to urgent negotiations aiming to reach an agreement on the GERD within four months.

It is worth noting that Ethiopia began construction of the GERD in 2011, and it is anticipated to produce over 6,000 megawatts of electricity. However, both Egypt and Sudan have expressed concerns about the potential impact on their share of Nile water. Additionally, on September 10, Ethiopia announced the completion of the fourth and final filling of the GERD reservoir, which was met with objections from Egypt, who argued it violated the Declaration of Principles signed by all three nations in 2015.

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Busiinge Aggrey
Busiinge Aggrey
Business Aggrey" is a 23-year-old Ugandan journalist and Editor-in-Chief at The Black Examiner newspaper