Mega Damming of the Life giving waters of Ethiopia. This process is menacing the existence of the inhabitants of the region by drying the sources and lakes. The main reason advertised for damming is for production of Electricity and exporting energy. This could be done by small human level dams.The underlying reason is to the irrigation for the great land grabbing for cash crop exportation for financial speculators. Moreover, such mega projects leads to undue water crisis.
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Saudi official visit to Ethiopia sparks controversy in Egypt's parliament | Egypt Independent
Saudi official visit to Ethiopia sparks controversy in Egypt's parliament
The Human Rights Committee of the House of Representatives (parliament) witnessed on Tuesday heated arguments between MPs, over the timing of the visit of Saudi officials to Ethiopia and its links to the Renaissance Dam project, in light of the current strained relations between Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
An adviser to the Saudi monarch recently visited Addis Ababa and met with senior Ethiopian officials.
Arguments started after MP Magdy Seif asked Assistant Foreign Minister Khaled Youssry about whether the Saudi official's visit had links to the Renaissance Dam project. Seif responded by saying that it was not clear yet whether there are planned joint Saudi-Ethiopian projects, other than those announced during the Saudi official's visit.
Seif reiterated the need to have confidence in Egypt's political leadership.
"Saudi Arabia has to be put in its right stature," said MP Said Shababeek, stressing that Tiran and Sanafir islands are Egyptian land.
Saudi authorities meanwhile imposed on Tuesday a temporary ban on the import of all types of pepper from Egypt. The official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) quoted the Ministry of Environment as saying that the decision was made after residues of pesticides were found in a sample from a shipment of Egyptian imported pepper.
Egyptian quarantine authorities have not received any official notification yet from quarantine Saudi authorities on the temporarily import ban of pepper from Egypt because of pesticide residues, said the chairman of the Central Administration for Agricultural Quarantines, Ibrahim Embaby.
He added that international standards apply to all exported agricultural products to Saudi Arabia.