CAIRO: An international consultant office tasked with studying the environmental and economic effects of the controversial Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on downstream countries will be named in March, stated Egyptian Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Houssam Moughazi Thursday.
The declaration of the company will be in a news conference in Addis Ababa after the end of the Egyptian Economic Development Conference in the Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh scheduled for March 13-15, Moughazi added.
The dam, still under construction, has sparked concerns among Egypt and Sudan, who depend on Nile water almost exclusively, that the construction would affect their water shares.
In May 2013, an advisory panel conducted a report on the dam’s impact on downstream countries; Egypt rejected the report and other studies submitted by the Ethiopian side.
However, the three countries agreed during Cairo negotiations in October 2014 to choose a consultant office chosen by the 12-member Technical National Committee (TNC) of the three countries to review the dam studies.
Moughazi added in Thursday’s statement that only four international offices submitted their bids. His remarks came during his visit to Sudanese Capital of Khartoum to resume the tripartite talks.