“Greetings to all Ethiopians and happy anniversary for the 10th year of the commencement of the construction of the GERD: Your dam is now 79% complete. We are committed to peace and fair and reasonable utilization of the basin. We shall continue our support for the Renaissance Dam and strengthen our commitment to peace,” H.E. Dr Eng Seleshi Bekele, Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy writes in his Twitter page.
According to the Minister, the GERD trilateral discussion is expected to resume over the coming weekend under the chairmanship of the new AU Chair, the DRC and based on extended invitations by the chair to Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Ministers of Water & Energy Affairs of the 3 countries. “AU experts, observers, and experts of the 3 countries are also expected to attend.”
The Nile is a transboundary water resource and the GERD project is a crucial infrastructure for energy generation for Ethiopia, he said.
He said the dam also supports the development and better management of the precious resource in the downstream countries by enhancing the positive role of the water and reducing the negative impacts, like flood and droughts.
Ethiopia as always is determined for principled, equitable & reasonable utilization without causing significant harm, he added.