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Egypt changes position in the last minute of Ethiopian dam talk in Addis Ababa, dead lock

Egypt changed its position in the last minute during the final round of dam talks in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. Its new proposal for filling time for the dam is between 12 and 21 years which appears to be an aggressive position from the stand point of Ethiopia

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Ethiopia’s water minister, Seleshi Bekle . Photo credit : FBC

January 9, 2020

The trilateral talks in Addis Ababa on the operation and filling of Ethiopian dam ended with no agreement, Ethiopia announced on Thursday. 

Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan have been holding a discussion in Addis Ababa for the last two days with the hope to resolve deadlock. The World Bank and representatives from the government of the United States of America also attended the talk.

Ethiopia’s Irrigation and  Water Ministry, Seleshi Bekele, said the agreement failed because Egypt came up with a new proposal regarding water filling of the Grand Renaissance Dam. 

Egypt wants the dam to be filled in a time span of 12 years to 21 years. There has been an agreement between the three countries before for the dam to be filled within in seven years time. 

Seleshi Bekele said that Ethiopia will never accept Egypt’s position regarding the timing to fill the reservoir of the dam. 

The ministers from the three countries will be heading to the United States this coming Monday to present on the technical meetings that have been conducted so far before the President of the World Bank and head of the US treasury. 

On November 6, representatives of the three countries agreed to invoke Article 10 of the Deceleration of Principle, which was signed in 2015, which means that they shall seek international mediation. 

With Egypt’s expressed position regarding the time needed to fill the dam (now 21 years), it is apparent that Egypt did intend to enter into international mediation. 

As is the case in the past, chances are  in Egypt’s new position Ethiopians will see malicious intent related to internal security. Many tend to see that Egypt is behind most of radicalized ethnic nationalist movements that are on the verge of ripping the country apart. Sometime in 2017, Ethiopian government officially accused Egypt of fueling internal stability. 

Given that history, it is questionable if Egypt’s last minute change in its position has some thing to do with buying time to exploit Ethiopia’s general election which is expected to be tense potentially leading to security crisis. 

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  1. Watch now how bigots who are now roaming the old country rushing into the arms of el-Sisi. If violence erupts during and after the coming 2020 election, that will be a bumper crop season for el-Sisi. Ok bigots!!!! There is a roll call going for you in Al-Qahirah!!! Hurry up!!!

    • The good old violence following the election will be the perfect ground to fertilize instability and delay the dam construction. Ethiopians don’t seem to realize that.

  2. I think it is time now for a 3rd party to come as a mediator and find a median way for these two countries. Sudan also has a stake in this. What I would like to see western countries like the USA to come in and assist the old country in finding alternatives to meet its energy needs like power generated by nuclear reactors as it was done for Japan others Asian countries known as tiger economies. Nuclear reactors have come a long way in their safety records since the Three Mile Island and Chernobyl disasters. It is the safest and more reliable than the hydro ones. The old country is not sitting on active fault line to worry about catastrophic earthquakes. The fuel for such reactors cannot be easily weaponized. So with the stringent oversight it is perfectly safe. I hope all three stakeholders will put aside raw emotions and wise up to come up with amicable solution. Bullying ain’t gonna work. Stubbornness will be counterproductive and not one single young man should lose his life in a senseless conflict where Egypt will end up bringing catastrophic consequences on its innocent civilians. Egypt is allegedly working to keep its 42 billion of whatever standard weight it is using but it may end up losing it all. Sudan will be devastated by the consequences of Egypt’s bullying tactics. Also my other niggaaz in the hood will not sit idle either. USA should intervene and mediate these two stubborn parties.

  3. Subject: “Egypt changes position in the last minute of Ethiopia dam talk in Addis Ababa, dead lock, borkena,

    Commentary, 10 Jan 2020
    Let us be honest. Egypt will NEVER agree on any proposal that changes the agreement made on the subject matter, a long time ago, between Egypt and Great Britain!!! Indeed, as the above Title indicates Egypt will keep on twisting, maneuvering, deceiving etc to keep its agreement with Great Britain for eternity. Yes, it is tantamount to saying broadly that African Nations are not important on any subject under the Sun, This is not drama but sordid REALITY where the People of Black Africa were, still are, and will be treated as sub-humans whose interest and dreams do NOT matter at all.

    With the above historical negative mirror on Black Africa, would it be possible for Egypt to. shade its skin and agree to a practical and realistic solution to the satisfaction of Ethiopia , Egypt and Sudan? I am sad to say, my answer is “NO”.

    My negative answer is also based on the realization that Dictators, whose ultimate interest is for themselves, will always CREATE a ‘problem’ that detracts the attention of the people to the dictatorship of the Leader, whose interest is to amass wealth for his own benefit — NOT for the people. Look around. We have seen leaders amassing wealth at the expense of the People. THE END

  4. በውሃችን የምን መደራደር ነው
    About nuclear power it’s most dangerous idea so we want to continue as late prime minster Melse start it go forward one thing for we don’t want to block the natural flows of Abay ( Nile ) we love to care and share pc

  5. It’s our water although it’s an international river. We have a full right to do whatever we want.if they don’t agree, just do it with in 5 years. We must increase our growth to support our economy and improve the quality of life in Ethiopia by building the Dam which helps to solve the shortage of electricity. “Having more access of electricity means that having opportunities to create more jobs”.
    We will build the Dam, no matter what they say…we shouldn’t go these far to give them the chance to participate in our business.

  6. This poised negotation state of egyptian incumbent politics is favoured because of Ethiopia’s internal populist moves. And now the game makers are deserving their promised interest.
    Shame on the treason by Our Populist and Messengers!

  7. You so call reporters are doing all you can to rip Ethiopia in peace’s
    With your by us tribalism we don’t need Egypt to do anything but wait untill you spread enough poison

  8. Electricity does not change poor lives as much as was thought

    BY LUXORR MEDIA STAFF. Getting a power connection to the poorest of the poor may be the wrong priority for a cash-strapped government,THOUGH SHE lives in one of many world’s poorest nations, Drocella Yandereye is an image of upward mobility. Her small farm in Rwanda, the place she grows maize, beans, bananas and low, is prospering. She has constructed a brand new home and turned her previous one right into a hen shed. Her pursuits vary nicely past her village, evidenced by the 2 posters on her living-room wall displaying African leaders and the nations of the world. What makes her much more uncommon is that she has electrical mild.It isn’t the form of brilliant, leave-it-on mild that individuals in wealthy nations take with no consideration. A small photo voltaic panel on Ms Yandereye’s roof is related to a wall-mounted battery, which powers a radio and three LED ceiling lamps. Ms Yandereye additionally makes use of the battery to cost her cell phone and a transportable lamp that she hangs round her neck. All of the lamps are reasonably dim. However they produce simply sufficient mild to permit her kids to review after sundown, and they don’t kick out foul fumes, just like the kerosene lamps she used to depend upon.Improve your inbox and get our Day by day Dispatch and Editor’s Picks.
    Nearly 140 years after Thomas Edison started promoting filament mild bulbs, slightly below 1bn individuals worldwide nonetheless lack entry to electrical energy, in line with the Worldwide Power Company, a analysis group. Nearly two-thirds stay in Africa, largely within the countryside. The UN believes all ought to have energy, and has set a goal date to realize common entry of 2030. That sounds believable—since 2000 the variety of individuals with out energy has fallen by 700m. Sadly, it’s unlikely to occur. And up to date financial analysis exhibits that speeding to light up the world is a nasty concept.The old style manner of bringing electrical energy to the lots entails constructing energy stations and transmission strains. That is nonetheless in style. Final yr India’s authorities claimed that it had related each village to the facility grid, though this doesn’t imply each family is related, nonetheless much less that energy is offered 24 hours a day (see article). Myanmar and Senegal are racing to do the identical.Up to now few years, although, governments and help businesses have put extra religion in solar energy. They’ve constructed or paid for “mini-grids” that may energy a village or a college. Extra typically they’ve given tax breaks and subsidies to corporations that promote small photo voltaic kits. In Bangladesh, the variety of photo voltaic house techniques (that’s, closed electrical energy techniques powered by a small panel on the roof) shot up from 16,000 in 2003 to 4.1m by the tip of 2017. Ethiopia’s “nationwide electrification programme” requires connecting 35% of the inhabitants to small photo voltaic techniques by 2025. That proportion is predicted to say no thereafter as extra properties are plugged into the grid.Photo voltaic house techniques present a lot much less energy than grid connections, however are far cheaper to arrange. The extra superior ones are sometimes offered on a pay-as-you-go foundation. Each few months, a family is requested to pay one other instalment, which will be completed by cell phone. The corporate then sends a code, which the householder varieties into the battery. That retains the lights on.Rwanda is attempting all of those approaches directly. The federal government already claims to have related 31% of households to the electrical energy grid, up from lower than 10% in 2009. One other 11% are thought to have solar energy. Helped by overseas help, officers are actually attempting to attach each family to the grid or to solar energy by 2025. That is nearly possible. Rwanda is small and densely populated, if annoyingly hilly, and its authorities is competent. But the projected price is big. Add up the mini-grids, the transmission strains, the brand new energy stations and the credit score strains to sellers of photo voltaic house techniques, and Rwanda’s power plan quantities to $3.1bn over six years. The whole authorities funds this yr is $2.8bn.Not surprisingly, individuals take pleasure in having even small quantities of electrical energy. Ms Yandereye, who purchased her lamps from One Acre Fund, a charity, says that her neighbours admire them. She has discovered makes use of for the facility. She makes use of a transportable lamp to get to her native church at evening and one other to mild her hen shed. Two years in the past, her chickens caught a illness. Now that they’ve a lightweight, she will be able to preserve the door closed, which she hopes will defend them.But most individuals who stay in poor distant locations are like Ms Yandereye’s neighbours: they want electrical mild and energy however can’t afford it, even with modest subsidies. For necessities, reminiscent of charging a cellphone, they will pay a neighbour or a store. One examine of Rwanda revealed final yr, by Michael Grimm of the College of Passau and others, discovered individuals able to pay between 38% and 55% of the retail value for solar-lighting kits, on common. The researchers’ kits price between $13 and $182 relying on energy ranges and high quality.Even small cities in Rwanda have retailers promoting photo voltaic house techniques—however not essentially to poor farmers. Native salesmen for Bboxx and Mobisol, two of the market leaders, report that lots of their prospects are middle-class urbanites already related to the electrical energy grid. Some are shopping for equipment for his or her dad and mom within the villages. Others have grow to be annoyed with flickering mains energy and need a backup.A connection to the electrical energy grid is way costlier. As a rule of thumb, it prices not less than $1,000 in a rural space. Teachers on the College of California, Berkeley, have examined Kenyan villagers’ willingness to pay. They supplied a big subsidy, which introduced the worth of a connection right down to $171. Solely 24% of individuals plumped for it.If electrical energy and light-weight really reworked individuals’s lives, it’d make sense to supply giant subsidies for photo voltaic techniques and grid connections and even to offer them away. It’d deliver advantages that individuals couldn’t have imagined. Or they could learn about the advantages however be unable to afford the upfront price. However there may be little proof of this. One other examine by Mr Grimm and his colleagues discovered that Rwandans who got photo voltaic lamps responded by lighting their households extra brightly, for extra hours every day. They burned much less kerosene, and their kids studied a bit of extra, particularly at evening. However the adults’ working lives modified hardly in any respect. Photo voltaic lamps seem to not rescue individuals from poverty.Nor even does a grid connection. An in depth examine of rural Tanzania, the place America’s Millennium Problem Company constructed energy strains and subsidised connections, discovered little impact on adults’ welfare. Providing low-cost connections reduce the proportion of individuals residing on lower than $2 a day from 93% to 90%—hardly a metamorphosis. Kids’s lives modified, however maybe not in a great way. Those that have been related went from watching virtually no tv to at least one and a half hours a day, and did even much less home tasks than earlier than.One other examine, of Bangladesh, discovered that the advantages of grid energy accrue primarily to better-off households. Hussain Samad and Fan Zhang of the World Financial institution estimate that connections enhance the spending of individuals within the prime fifth of the earnings scale by 11%. Folks within the backside fifth see a advantage of 4%.A connection to the electrical energy grid typically places the utility firm—and finally the federal government—on the hook. Many newly related households pay little or nothing for his or her energy, both as a result of the facility firm has a progressive tariff, as a result of individuals refuse to pay, or as a result of they faucet transmission strains illegally. An ongoing examine of Bihar in north India by the Worldwide Development Centre (IGC) in London finds that solely 10% of individuals assume it seemingly they are going to be penalised for failing to pay their payments or for an unlawful hookup.The passing of the torchOne oft-cited advantage of connecting an individual to the grid or to photo voltaic power is definitely diminishing. That’s as a result of many individuals who lack electrical energy now not depend on kerosene. One Rwandan girl who’s selecting up her first photo voltaic lamp at a distribution level in Nzaratsi says that she has hitherto used easy torches—simply batteries wired to LEDs. These are extraordinarily low-cost, costing about $0.25, and can be found from village retailers. Folks are inclined to throw the useless batteries of their latrines, which is hardly superb, however is just not as instantly dangerous because the smoke from kerosene lamps.Electrification might deliver advantages that financial research miss. Robin Burgess of the IGC argues {that a} short-run examine of households is probably not the precise lens: electrification may largely profit companies, and never directly. Furthermore, nations should deliver energy to their individuals finally. However to spend so much of scarce money doing so now, within the hope that advantages will flip up, hardly appears enlightened. The naming Great Ethiopian Reneisance Dam holds too much false hope as the name Prosperity gives too much false hope also .
    Ethiopian biggest dam maybe is the correct name,just the words or concepts revival /reneissance being put in the naming makes all foreign parties involved extra concerned ,plus million soldiers will be sent was said by the so called commander in chief recently as if million people really need to be mobilized over this dam , diaspora dollar foreign currency was needed badly so this dam was initially given exaggerated name , besides that it is false hope , electricity is the least of the worries for Ethiopia .
    All this revival talk on Ethiopian side makes the whole world wonder if Ethiopia have plans to cut the water completely , because if not that what is this talk about great reneisance with million soldiers being sent , what for?
    Million soldiers are not in beef with anyone , no need for all that talk.
    Unrealistic expectations had quited down silencing Ethiopians about the ridiculous ethnic constitution that is put in place, many prefer just to annoy the “Amara” who they finally claim to break using Zenawism constitution methods , they claim Amara Menilik had burried Ethiopia for the longest and with this signature dam breaking Amaras legacy Ethiopia will soon get revived from where the country was burried by the Amara “hegemony”. TPLF wants to prove so much that it revived Ethiopia , TPLF’s need to prove revival doesn’t mean million soldiers need to be sent over the simplest things , it is not worth it , looking back at it Badmes war was not worth it also , it is just too much hype for nothing . Hype is not being given where it is needed .
    Misplaced hype is false hope especially in Ethiopia’s context where misplacing hype is being a norm.


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