TNCRD to meet in Su­dan on Thurs­day

The meet­ing comes as the fif­teenth for the com­mit­tee af­ter fail­ure of the last meet­ing which was held in Ethiopia in May

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The Tri­par­tite Na­tional Com­mit­tee on the Re­nais­sance Dam (TNCRD) is to meet on Thurs­day in the city of At­bara in Su­dan to dis­cuss the ini­tial re­port by the two French con­sul­tancy firms—BRL and Artelia—tasked with as­sess­ing the pos­si­ble im­pact of the dam on down­stream coun­tries, state me­dia cited the Min­istry of For­eignAf­fairs’ spokesper­son Ahmed Abou Zaid.

The meet­ing comes as the fif­teenth meet­ing of the com­mit­tee, which aims to reach an agree­ment be­tween Egypt, Su­dan, and Ethiopia about the Ethiopian dam af­ter the fail­ure of the last meet­ing, which was held in Ethiopia in May.

Also, Prime Min­is­ter Sherif Is­mail met with Min­is­ter of Wa­ter Re­sources and Ir­ri­ga­tion Mo­hammed Abd El-Aty to dis­cuss in­creas­ing the ben­e­fit of us­ing the Nile River, state me­dia re­ported.The meet­ing of the TNCRD is be­lieved to be dis­cussed in the meet­ing.

In April, the TNCRD fi­nalised its meet­ing in Cairo in the pres­ence of ex­perts from three coun­tries: Egypt, Su­dan, and Ethiopia. The meet­ing ap­proved the sched­ule and mech­a­nisms for ex­chang­ing data, in­for­ma­tion, and pre­vi­ous stud­ies needed.

Stud­ies aim to put guide­lines for the stor­age bases in or­der not to neg­a­tively af­fect the wa­ter flow in the Blue Nile and the dams along the Nile.

On July, Egyp­tian Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs Sameh Shoukry dis­cussed with his Ethiopian coun­ter­part, Workineh Ge­beyehu, on the mar­gin of meet­ings of the ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil of the African Union in the Ethiopian cap­i­tal, Ad­dis Ababa, the de­vel­op­ments of the Re­nais­sance Dam.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, Shoukry as­serted to his Ethiopian coun­ter­part Egypt’s high in­ter­est in end­ing the tech­ni­cal course of the Dam’s im­pacts on Egypt and fa­cil­i­tat­ing the process of end­ing these stud­ies on time, and the Ethiopian min­is­ter as­serted his coun­try’s com­mit­ment to co­op­er­a­tion with Egypt to con­tinue the tech­ni­cal course and end­ing the stud­ies on time, as well as Ethiopia’s com­mit­ment to the prin­ci­ples dec­la­ra­tion.

On Au­gust, Shoukry dis­cussed with his Su­danese coun­ter­part Ibrahim Ghan­dour, the Nile wa­ters is­sue, and out­lined the im­por­tance of re­sum­ing the meet­ings of the tri­par­tite tech­ni­cal com­mit­tee as soon as pos­si­ble to ex­pe­dite the com­ple­tion of the stud­ies car­ried out by the con­sult­ing of­fices.

The Grand Ethiopian Re­nais­sance Dam, formerly known as the Mil­len­nium Dam, is un­der con­struc­tion in the Ben­is­hangul-Gu­muz re­gion of Ethiopia on the Blue Nile River. Con­struc­tion of the Dam started in­April 2011.How­ever, Egypt has ex­pressed con­cerns that the con­struc­tion of the dam could neg­a­tively af­fect Egypt’s share of the Nile wa­ter.

Prime Min­is­ter Sherif Is­mail met with Min­is­ter of Wa­ter Re­sources and Ir­ri­ga­tion Mo­hammed Abd El-Aty to dis­cuss in­creas­ing the ben­e­fit of us­ing the Nile River

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