Ethiopia and Egypt at loggerheads over dam on Nile


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As Ethiopia constructs a $4 billion dam on the Nile River, Egypt is concerned the hydro-electric project will be devastating to its fragile agricultural sector.

Leaders of Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan met this week in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa to discuss the potential impact of the massive project. While Egypt opposes the Ethiopian dam, Sudan supports it.

On Monday, representatives of each country agreed to set a one-month deadline to break the stalemate in negotiations over the dam Ethiopia is building along its share of the river.

Monday’s meeting also addressed the question of who should assess the environmental impact of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

“Now over 60 percent complete, the dam will produce 6,000 MW upon completion. It is centerpiece to Ethiopia’s ambitious power exporting plans,” reported Reuters.

Disagreement over water rights has been ongoing for decades between the water-scarce countries (Brookings).

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