ADDIS ABABA:Ethiopia announced Friday it has completed the third filling of its mega-dam on the Blue Nile, a new milestone that could raise further tensions with downstream neighbours Egypt and Sudan. "The Nile is a gift of God given to us for Ethiopians to make use of it." The massive $4.2 billion dam, set to be the largest hydro-electric scheme in Africa, has been at the centre of a regional dispute ever since Ethiopia broke ground on the project in 2011. There is still no agreement between Ethiopia and its downstream neighbours Egypt and Sudan about the GERD´s operations despite talks held under the auspices of the African Union. But Ethiopia deems it essential for the electrification and development of Africa´s second most populous nation.
Source: Ethiopian News August 13, 2022 01:00 UTC