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Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan to form expert committee on Ethiopian Dam

Committee to oversee implementation recommendations of International Committee of Experts


Sudanese Water Resources and Electricity Muattaz Musa Abdallah Salim (C) speaks to the press as Egyptian Water Minister Mohamed Abdul Muttalib (L) and Ethiopian Water Minister Alemayehu Tegenu (R) listen on in Khartum, on December 9, 2013.  (AFP PHOTO/EBRAHIM HAMID)
Sudanese Water Resources and Electricity Muattaz Musa Abdallah Salim (C) speaks to the press as Egyptian Water Minister Mohamed Abdul Muttalib (L) and Ethiopian Water Minister Alemayehu Tegenu (R) listen on in Khartum, on December 9, 2013.
(AFP PHOTO/EBRAHIM HAMID)

A committee made up of experts will be formed to oversee the implementation of the recommendations made by the International Committee of Experts to combat the impact of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

The announcement by Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdul Muttalib comes days after the conclusion of high-level meetings in the Sudanese capital after which it was agreed to hold another meeting in January to discuss some “sticking points”.

Muttalib said last week that he and his Ethiopian and Sudanese counterparts had discussed the implementation of a mechanism to oversee the implementation of the recommendations but provided no further details. The minister announced on Sunday that this mechanism will take the form of a committee made up of an expert representative from each country and will be formed “within two weeks of approval by the ministers.”

The minister said that it had been agreed the committee would have one year to complete its work, starting from the date of its formation. All three countries will bear the cost of the committee.

The ministers agreed that all three countries will share their collected data “required to conduct complementary studies in as timely manner.”  It was also agreed to pass on the studies of the International Committee of Experts to “a select group of global consultancy firms known for their competence and experience.”

Muttalib highlighted that the meeting in Khartoum included a “lengthy debate on the presence of an international element in the work of the commission.” The ministers deferred this decision until their meeting in January, also to be held in the Sudanese capital.

The minister said last week that the meetings had been carried out “in a good spirit”. This is a marked difference from the tension that existed previously, which intensified following a blunder by Egyptian politicians who suggested espionage as a possible solution to the potential impact of the GERD during a national dialogue meeting.

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16 responses to “Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan to form expert committee on Ethiopian Dam

  1. I hope Ethiopia keeps an eye on Egypt. Radicals always come with a smile and a cloak of cordiality, but as soon as they get close enough to you they stab you in the back. Ethiopia should just continue with the construction regardless of rejection. The Nile basin does not belong to Egypt. There are 10 other stakeholders.
    Something tells me Egypt will try to use this committee to point out “problems” with the dam and stall the project causing cost overruns and eventually an end to it entirely. Studies themselves can cost big money.
    There was already a study completed earlier this year that ended up in Ethiopia’s favor. And that study included Ethiopian, Sudanese, and Egyptian experts. Egypt shouldn’t be able to change the rules of the game just because it doesn’t like the final score.

  2. key word for Ethiopia and others ready for defense ; as a political unrest getting high in Egypt , politician in Egypt might creat sudden aggression.

  3. The Dam will be built on time. There is nothing Egypt can do. All this meetings between Ethiopia and Egypt/Sudan is just diplomacy and cordials. Plus Ethiopia needs to play the diplomacy cards and show good face in front of the world. That is what it is all about. There is absolutely nothing Egypt can do at this point. Ethiopia has already outmaneuvered and outsmarted Egypt.

  4. If Ethiopia behaves like they own the freaking Nile then they would, and should, pay the price. Egypt will and must not tolerate playing around with its source of water and life.

  5. I’m a proud African Egyptian that will not tolerate any insult to my country as i read previously in the comments that Egypt would stab you in the back ext The River Nile by all means is not something that we can negotiate about as its the main source for life in Egypt i support my Country in every action they will take against any irrational decision from wacky leaders & if Ethiopia wants to make this Dam it will have to show that it has no connection to Israel otherwise you will be in the same place as Israel & you would then deserve what will happen to you and if its for the benefits of all African countries then lets share and we can build it together and unit the African countries under an international project.

    1. Egypt would better start to respect the other countries or will pay a very high price for this irrational and arrogant behaviour! Ethiopia is not supposed to get any approval from Egypt and already spent a lot of time trying to explain the reasons/benefits of this project!
      Another story is the fair allocation of the nile waters between all the basin countries; this will cause a reduction in the waterflow downstream NOT the dam! Egypt released an official statment just before the recent meeting saying (again) that they are not available to give up a single drop of water….do they know what negotiation is? by doing this Egypt is ignoring the interests and needs of the other countries, why shouldn’t they do the same with Egypt? Egypt once again closed the door for cooperation!

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