CAIRO: The presidents of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia will meet later in February to discuss the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD,) Youm reported Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abou Zeid as saying Friday.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with his Ethiopian counterpart Tedros Adhanom on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, discussing the African Investment Forum Feb. 20-21 in Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh, where the three presidents are planned to meet.
The irrigation ministers of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia are reviewing the technical offers from two French consultancy firms, BRL and Artelia, to study the potential impact of GERD on the two downstream states; Sudan and Egypt.
Once approved, the three African nations will request the two firms to submit the studies in no more than one year.
Water Resources Minister of Ethiopia Motuma Bedassa told BBC Arabic in a Friday report that his country will not halt building the dam and that it will be inaugurated in 2017 as planned.
Ethiopia is ready to prioritize Sudan and Egypt in selling power generated by GERD, and negotiations will resolve any disagreements, Bedassa told the BBC.