No breakthrough in Ethiopia-Egypt Nile dam talks

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Talks between Ethiopia and Egypt over the construction of Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam have hit a dead-end once again.

Recent talks between the two nations had attempted to find common ground over the completion of the project and a date for the structure to begin filling the structure with water from the River Nile. However, talks have hit a deadlock yet again with time running out for the two country’s to reach an agreement before the project is completed later this year.

Ethiopia-Egypt dam talks falter

The latest round of talk between the two countries took place in Khartoum, mid-September, with Sudan also seeking clarification over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), which will source water from the River Nile, which each of the three countries rely on for water supplies.

However, Egpyt is the most concerned party due to its dependence on the river for 90 percent of its water supply and the growing threat of a water shortage in the country. A growing population compounds these dangers and the North African country already has to import water from overseas to meet its current water needs.

A diminished water supply from the Nile could also pose a threat to the stretch of green farmland running along the river in a country in a country that’s otherwise almost entirely composed of desert landscape.

Egypt wants Ethiopia to gradually fill its GERD dam over a seven-to-10-year timeframe in order but Ethiopia has rejected this proposal. Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) has said the dam could start 740MW of hydroelectric power as early as next year.

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About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.