CAIRO: Both the Ethiopian and Sudanese Ministers of Irrigation, Alamayo Nugnu and Moataz Moussa, respectively, will attend the tripartite meetings scheduled to be held in Cairo from Oct. 20 to 22, which will discuss the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, said Egyptian Minister of Water Resource and Irrigation Hossam Moughazy in a Tuesday statement .
“The ministry is preparing to receive members of the Tripartite National committee that includes experts and technicians from Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt,” Moughazy said.
The committee in its meetings will choose an international consultant office to study hydroelectric system, the environment, and economic effects of the dam on downstream countries like Egypt and Sudan, he added.
The construction of the dam chilled relations between Addis Ababa and Cairo; Egypt said the construction would affect its share of Nile water, whereas Ethiopia has claimed the dam is necessary for its development. In a move some have seen as a thaw, both states agreed to the tripartite talks that started in August and were hosted by Sudan.
Each country should nominate three consultant companies, said Moughzy in a press conference on Sep. 24 in the headquarters of the ministry. On Sep. 22 the minister visited the dam; the first such visit by an Egyptian official since the beginning of the dam’s construction in 2011.
“Visiting the dam does not indicate there is an agreement on anything, as Egypt still waiting for the results of studies that will be conducted by the consultant company,” he said