Diplomatic community based in Addis Ababa reportedly get clarity about position of Ethiopia concerning GERD
May 21, 2020
As the tension between Ethiopia and Egypt escalates over the filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, the former is intensifying its diplomatic campaigns at home.
There are well over 100 diplomatic missions in Addis Ababa. Ethiopia is the seat of the African Union.
The seat of The Economic Commission for Africa is also in Addis Ababa.
This week, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia and the Ministry of Water, Irrigation, and Electricity briefed ambassadors based in Addis Ababa regarding the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
During the briefing, “Ethiopia’s commitment to equitably and reasonably utilize its water resources in line with accepted principles of ‘causing no significant harm’ as well as cooperation,” was stressed.
Ethiopia believes that the dam project has economic and ecological benefits to the region. During the briefing, participating diplomats reportedly remarked on the importance of resolving “African problems through Africans.”
Egypt is interested in a negotiation mediated by the United States of America. Last week, Egypt lodged a complaint to the United Nations security council saying that Ethiopia is planning to fill the dam before reaching an agreement with Egypt.
On Tuesday this week, the spokesperson of the United Nations Secretary-general issued a statement in which it encouraged the three countries to resolve their differences in the spirit of the declaration of principle agreement which they signed in 2015.
Ethiopia has spent billions of dollars building Industrial parks in different parts of the country hoping to attract investment to the country in response to growing youth unemployment. For Ethiopia, increasing electric power generating potential is partly informed by the need to provide prospective industries with the power supply they need.
Moreover, over 65 percent of Ethiopia’s 110 million populations do not have access to electricity, and there seems to be a determination to change that reality by way of generating thousands of megawatts of electric power from GERD. However, Ethiopia has reaffirmed its commitment to lower riparian countries that their share of the water power will not be affected by Ethiopia’s survival dam project.
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