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.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Egypt warns of false reports about Ethiopian dam - Egypt Today
PARIS - 12 December 2017: Minister of Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Aati on Tuesday warned against circulating wrong information on Egypt regarding the Ethiopian dam and the use of Nile water.
At a seminar held in the French Senate on the role of diplomacy in settling disputes related to the Nile River, he added that Egypt has sent a letter to the World Bank asking it on behalf of eastern Nile Basin countries to finance studies on setting up the first dam on the Blue Nile.
While studies are underway, another dam was announced to be set up, he said, noting that not so many people are aware of this information.
An international company was hired to compile two studies on the dam. Meanwhile, the Ethiopian side asked for introducing amendments into the preconditions of the contract and inserting new articles, he added.
It was important to keep the Egyptian public opinion posted about all these developments, he said, adding that the Declaration of Principles that was signed by Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia calls for referring any would-be dispute to the ministerial level to be settled. If not, it could be referred to the level of foreign ministers and then to the presidential level, he added.
Referring the issue to the ministerial level took five months. The dispute was also referred to the higher level in accordance with the Declaration of Principles, he added