Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt begin studying Nile dam impact

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and his Egyptian counterpart, Essam Sharaf

January 11, 2012 (ADDIS ABABA) – A joint tripartite technical committee set up by Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan has began assessing the possible impacts of the massive hydro-power dam project Ethiopia intends to build in the Blue Nile River.

Ethiopia proposed the establishment of the technical team to create transparency and to guarantee Sudan and Egypt that the construction of the dam will not negatively affect their water share downstream.

The aim is also to further create better understanding between the countries and allow them to engage in continued cooperation serving their interests.

The three-party committee which embraces four international professionals and six experts drawn from the three countries has held its first meeting in Addis Ababa and will have its second gathering in Sudan.

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