The contract for an international consulting firm to study the impacts of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) will be signed on 16 December, said Minister for Irrigation and Water Resources Hossam El-Mogahzy.
The announcement, which came on Sunday, added that a National Tripartite meeting between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia will occur to decide on the consulting firm. The chosen firm will be publicly announced at the time.
El-Moghazy emphasised the success of the National Tripartite meetings held earlier in October.
The conference came following the talks held between President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and his Sudanese counterpart Omar Al-Bashir. During their talks, the two leaders discussed GERD as well as regional issues including the situations in Libya, Syria, and Iraq.
Egypt will host Minister of Water of South Sudan Paul Mayom Akec on Saturday, according to El-Moghazy.
El-Moghazy further emphasised the strong ties between Egypt and Sudan and their impact on people of both countries.
He added that negotiations initiated in August “will keep going”, and called for media cooperation with the government.
Al-Sisi and Al-Bashir also highlighted the importance of the media and its effect on people and on keeping the relations between both countries strong.