Ethiopia to Continue Construction on Grand Renaissance Dam

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Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam under construction in Benishangul - Gumaz region

Ethiopia’s Noble Peace Prize-winning prime minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed said Tuesday that Ethiopia will continue moving ahead with the construction of the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) for its economic benefit without harming the water interest of Egypt.

The Premier made the remark in response to questions raised by members of the House of Peoples’ Representatives (HPR) regarding the current status of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance dam project.

The Government of Ethiopia is building the dam with no intention to harm the people and Governments of Egypt and other downstream countries but to generate power without committing any harm on the water needs of the neighboring countries.

The Primer further stated that his country is committed to finalize the dam project initiated by the former leaders and no force could stop the completion of the national flagship project.  

Ethiopia’s Nobel-winning leader stressed that only negotiation will resolve the current deadlock with the Government of Egypt.  

He is expected to meet with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to discuss on the issue within two days.  

The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance dam project, which is around 70% completed, is located approximately 500 km north west of the capital Addis Ababa, in the region of Benishangul – Gumaz along the Blue Nile.

Upon completion, GERD will be the largest dam in Africa with a total volume of 10.4 million m³.