Water in Ethiopia

  • East Africa: Renaissance Dam Talks Kick Off in Khartoum

    EGYPT, 2014/08/31 The fourth round of tripartite talks over the building of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance dam started in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum on Monday. The talks, scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, will involve discussions part Egypt's, Sudan's and Ethiopia's water ministers to reach agreement over criteria and mechanisms for building the dam. Egypt's Water and Irrigation Minister Hossam Moghazi stressed during the talks that Egypt was at no time against development within the Nile Basin nations, reported national-run news agency MENA.
  • Ethiopian Renaissance Dam will provide power to Egypt

    EGYPT, 2014/05/06 Ethiopian National Minister for Foreign Affairs Berhane Gebre-Christos told a two-day forum held at Bahr Dar University that the dam, which is being constructed to generate electricity, will not harm Egypt. Instead, it will allow Egypt, which has been suffering from electricity shortages, to obtain electricity from Ethiopia. Because of electricity shortages, Egypt has experienced several power cuts nationwide. The Egyptian government before announced plans to boost the country’s electricity supply by importing natural gas and diesel, inclunding by beginning construction on three new power plants.
  • Ethiopia's bold decision to pay for a huge dam

    EGYPT, 2014/04/25 Ethiopia's bold decision to pay for a huge dam itself has overturned generations of Egyptian control over the Nile's waters, and may help transform one of the world's poorest nations into a regional hydropower hub. By spurning an offer from Cairo for help financing the project, Addis Ababa has ensured it controls the construction of the Renaissance Dam on a Nile tributary. The electricity it will generate - enough to power a giant rich-world city like New York - can be exported across a power-hungry region. But the decision to fund the huge project itself as well carries the risk of stifling private sector investment and restricting economic increase, and may jeopardize Ethiopia's dream of becoming a middle gain country by 2025.
  • Deputy Water Resources Minister in Ethiopia for AEEP Meeting

    ETHIOPIA, 2014/02/23 Sierra Leone was represented at the just concluded Second High Level Conference of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) in Addis Ababa by the Deputy Minister of Water Resources, Hon. Alhaji Randolph Foday Bayoh. (Photo: From (L-R) Hon. Alhaji Randolph Foday Bayoh and Mr. Lamin Souma) The confab was jointly hosted by the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and the African Union Commission (AUC). The overriding objectives of the conference were to highlight the incomparable nature and success story of the Africa-EU Cooperation on energy and catalyze commitment and action towards conference the next energy challenges facing the two continents.
  • Egypt's Minister of Water Resources & Irrigation Visiting Addis Ababa

    EGYPT, 2014/02/13 Egypt's Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, Mohamed Abdul Muttalib, headed a delegation to Addis Ababa today (February 10) to continue talks on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). Minister Muttalib asked to visit Ethiopia to talk further about the differences of opinion over the formation of a committee to oversee the implementation of recommendations of the statement of the International Panel of Experts. This had remained a point at issue between Egypt on one side and the Ministers of Ethiopia and Sudan on the other, next three rounds of discussion in Khartoum.
  • The dam, which Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile River,

    EGYPT, 2014/01/06 A conference of ministers in charge of water resources from Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia was held here Saturday to discuss the recommendations of the international committee of experts on the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. The dam, which Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile River, has generated much controversy in the region, particularly from Egypt which depends heavily on the waters from the River. Egypt's Irrigation and Water Resources Minister Mohamed Abdul Mutalab told reporters next the conference that several studies are to be conducted on the expected hazards, particularly the hydrological and environmental effects, of the dam on Egypt and the Sudan.
  • Egypt Rejects Any Project That Risks Its Water Safety

    EGYPT, 2013/05/30 Egypt's stance towards Ethiopia's Renaissance Dam is clear and did not change, the Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Bahaa Eddin said on Tuesday in an official statement. He explained that Ethiopia's decision to start diverting the course of the Blue Nile, one of the Nile River's two major tributaries, for building its dam does not mean that Egypt approves its construction.
  • Africa : Universal Access to Water and Sanitation

    BOTSWANA, 2013/04/02 Access to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation is a universal human right and central to human wellbeing and development. From presently on 780 million people still receive drinking water from unimproved sources and 2.5 billion people continue to live without access to improved sanitation facilities. IDS' work on water and sanitation has been looking at what additional needs to be done, particularly through a new set of post 2015 development goals, to ensure that this right is enjoyed by amount.
  • The Gibe III dam could help Ethiopia's development,

    ETHIOPIA, 2013/01/18 The Gibe III dam could help Ethiopia's development, but it may as well be disastrous for the environment and threaten half a million people's livelihoods. There are concerns that additional than half a million people's livelihoods along the Lower Omo Valley in Ethiopia and Kenya could be threatened by the construction of the Gibe III Dam project.
  • Safe water – a glass half full

    ETHIOPIA, 2012/11/27 Extra than half of amount Ethiopians have access to an improved source of drinking water, but the country still has much work to do if it hopes to achieve its goal of providing access to safe water and sanitation for its 83 million people by 2015, experts say.