Egypt: The report modifies Renaissance dam's size, dimensions

Jun 02 2013

The state-owned news agency – Egypt State Information Service – claims that the final report of the International Panel of Experts  (a.k.a. Tripartite committee] “recommended changing and amending the dimensions and the size of the [Renaissance] dam”.

In a news published on Sunday afternoon, under the heading “Ethiopia agrees on recommendations of tripartite committee”, the Egyptian news agency reported as follows:

Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Baha Eddin on Saturday 1/6/2013 received the members of the Egyptian delegation which took part in the meetings of the three member committee to make an assessment of Renaissance Dam.Grand Ethiopian Renaissance dam project site

Baha Eddin got a copy of the final report drafted by the committee, which included Egypt, the Sudan and Ethiopia. The report is due to be raised to the Presidency of the Republic and the cabinet for taking the relevant political decision.

The report also recommended changing and amending the dimensions and the size of the dam before embarking on implementation and setting a timetable illustrating the water revenues if the River Nile during the coming 60 years.

The report stressed the importance of making complementary studies to confirm the safety of the dam in order to dispel any Sudanese fears over the possibility of its collapse.

The three parties agreed on non announcing the details of the final report to the public opinion in the three countries except after giving enough time to governments to probe the report.

The committee stressed the importance of direct dialogue on the results and recommendations as well as technical recommendations which were made by the committee.

Meantime, President Mohamed Morsi will meet with the Egyptian delegation which took part in the activities of the tripartite technical committee which made an assessment of the effects of Renaissance Dam.


[Note that: The news was not corroborated by Khartoum or Addis Ababa and it could also be intended to calm the strong criticism against President Morsi’s government.]

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  1. Addis

    As The Late PM Meles suggested the diplomatic work to win the Egyptian people’s hearts and minds should be done not only by the diplomacy of the Ethiopian government but by all who have access to do so. I believe those of us who deeply feel for the cause of building the dam to win the war on poverty should try our best through blogs, face book pages, all other social media outlets to express the good will of the Ethiopian people towards our Sudanese and Egyptian neighbors. Starting the colonial era the British using divide and rule to the current era where politicians play games to rally public support, the Egyptian people have been led to believe that Ethiopia and the other upstream states don’t have any say in the matter. We should do our best to dismantle this outdated thinking through dialogue.

  2. Ethiopia

    CAIRO (AP) — Politicians meeting with Egypt’s president have proposed hostile acts against Ethiopia, including backing rebels and carrying out sabotage, to stop it from building a massive dam over the Nile River.
    Some of the politicians attending Monday’s meeting with President Mohammed Morsi appeared unaware it was being carried live on TV. Morsi did not directly react to the suggestions.
    Morsi called the meeting to review the impact of Ethiopia’s dam on Egypt’s share of the Nile’s water.
    Younis Makhyoun, leader of an ultraconservative Islamist party, said Egypt should back rebels in Ethiopia or, as a last resort, destroy the dam. Liberal politician Ayman Nour proposed spreading rumors about Egypt obtaining advanced warplanes to scare the Ethiopians.
    Egypt has in the past threatened to go to war to preserve its water share.

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  3. my people

    “Ethiopia has to commit to a certain deadline for providing more substantial information on the impact of the dam. It also has to sign a written, internationally accountable document that guarantees the dam will not harm Egypt and Sudan,” the Egyptian president declared.

    First of all, we shouldn’t have suggested or agreed the establishment of the so called committee. Because we should learn from our history, our people scarified their resources and life for thier land, Badme, then – what happened the prejudice “court” awarded to Shabiya as a result of lack of experience in our government.

    Now, the Egyptian government demanding too much staff in our own natural resources. We should stand firm and say enough is enough. Water is a natural resources like Oil and Gas. We should learn from Turkey. Also, We need to learn from Lesotho’s highlands water project and Columbia’s river in Canada.

    In 1927, K. Hailesilassie had a plan for Ethiopia to receive income from Great Britain, now that plan is implemented in Lesotho, Canada…

    We worked hard for Entebbe agreement and waited them more than two years to put their government in order. The sneak turned back and accuse us plotting harm on their interest. Are they kidding? I think they are playing card against us.

    Ethiopian government, please, don’t fall into the sneak trap. No more waste of time and resource, they have to come and sign to Entebbe agreement if they have any respect for Africans.

    Water is a Natural resources like oil and gas, this principle is not to harm anyone, but it is to help my people life out of poverty and famine. Clean water coverage in Egypt is 99%; however, according to USAID drinking water coverage in Oromia region is 32%. So, First Ethiopian’s natural resources to its people benefit.


  4. Proud

    Egypt’s government media attack intensified.

    Ethiopian government has to increase its persuasive communication otherwise it will be consume by the sneak trap.

    We need to learn from the small African country Lesotho. If someone needs it I can provide their income just pay charging for water since 1990s. Also, Canada is a rich country but still they get continuous income from USA since 1960s for Columbia river.

    Water is a Natural resource like Oil and Gas. This principle it us not about harming any one, it is about benefiting from our natural resources to lift our people from poverty and famine.