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AFRICANGLOBE - Debrestion Gebremichael (Ph.D), board chairman of Office of Ethiopia's National Council for the Coordination of Public Participation on the Construction of the GERD held a press conference with journalists recently in which he announced that the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) would be ready for 1st phase power generation in a very short time.
AFRICANGLOBE - Ethiopia, contributing around 86% of the Nile water, has failed to make any use of its own resource. Now, in a major shift of emphasis and action, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is promoting justice for Ethiopia, and for all other users of the river.
AFRICANGLOBE - Egypt’s recent diplomatic maneuvering and military, political and economic posturing in the Horn of Africa – predominantly Somalia and Somaliland – have been designed to target Ethiopia’s aspiration for development and peace. At best, they aim to put Ethiopia under siege, with the strategic intent to undermine its efforts of seeing through the completion of the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).
AFRICANGLOBE - Marking four years since construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam began, the head of the power utility, Azeb Asenake, says the most challenging part of the mechanical and construction work has been completed.
AFRICANGLOBE - Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi arrived in Addis Ababa on Monday for a three-day visit to Ethiopia. The Egyptian leader was welcomed upon his arrival at Addis Ababa's Bole International Airport by Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.
AFRICANGLOBE - It is an audacious $4.8 billion project undertaken by one of the world's poorest countries. At the construction site in the Benishangul region of Ethiopia near the Sudanese border, some 8,500 workers are labouring tirelessly every day to build the gigantic Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
AFRICANGLOBE - 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 among Egypt's, Sudan's and Ethiopia's water ministers to reach agreement over criteria and mechanisms for building the dam.
It is Egypt's responsibility to avoid threatening other countries with military force for every year since the Khedive's rule, they have devised a new military strategy to intervene should their interests in the Nile and its waters be threatened or jeopardised.
AFRICANGLOBE - Apparently, Egypt is not only fighting its battle over the Renaissance Dam through Ethiopia and Sudan exclusively, but it has also attempted to win over other African countries. These efforts have been in effect since the beginning of Hosni Mubarak's rule. Further investigation on the matter revealed that the Egyptian government has issued more than $4 million in bribes to three African presidents in an effort to convince them to sway their governments' positions on the Renaissance Dam.
AFRICANGLOBE - Having spent the past couple of months on diplomatic efforts against the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and failing, Egyptian authorities are now pointing accusatory finger(s) at Ethiopia for not responding to their calls for new negotiations.
AFRICANGLOBE - Ever since Ethiopia launched the construction of the 6000MW hydroelectric dam on Nile River, relations between the two countries have soured. Following deadlocks in tripartite discussions, Egypt said it would internationalize the issue and take the case to the United Nations Security Council.
AFRICANGLOBE - The completion of the Aswan Dam on July 21, 1970 sent one critical message to Africa, and most importantly to Ethiopia. That is, the Aswan Dam was meant to divorce or delink Africa in general, and Ethiopia in particular, from the waters of the Nile.
AFRICANGLOBE - Ethiopia's Defense Ministry is fully prepared to protect the The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam from any external attack, according to the Minister of Defence, Siraj Fegessa, giving the Ministry’s six-month performance report to Parliament this week.
AFRICANGLOBE - A vast section of northern Ethiopia has been turned into a giant building site. Construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is now about 30% complete. The whole project spans an area of 1,800 sq km (695 sq miles). Once completed, it will be Africa's largest hydropower dam, standing some 170m (558ft) tall.
AFRICANGLOBE - The third-year anniversary of the inauguration of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) will be colorfully celebrated throughout the nation. Starting from its inception, the Nile dam project has been drawing the attention of millions of Ethiopians locally and across the globe.
AFRICANGLOBE - Turkey responded on Thursday to Egyptian criticism on the construction of a controversial dam on the Blue Nile River, saying the accusations against the Turkish government are baseless.
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