TNCRD dis­cusses ini­tial re­port on Re­nais­sance Dam in Cairo

Con­tro­ver­sial is­sues dis­cussed in­clude the dam’s reser­voir and Egypt’s share of Nile wa­ter

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The Tri­par­tite Na­tional Com­mit­tee on the Re­nais­sance Dam (TNCRD) be­gan on Satur­day in Cairo its 17th meet­ing to dis­cuss the find­ings of the ini­tial re­port of the two French con­sul­tancy firms, BRL and Artelia. The firms were tasked with as­sess­ing the pos­si­ble im­pact of the dam on down­stream coun­tries.

Min­is­ter of Wa­ter Re­sources and Ir­ri­ga­tion Mo­hamed Abdel Aty rep­re­sented Egypt in the two-day meet­ing which was also at­tended by his Ethiopian and Su­danese coun­ter­parts.

The meet­ing fol­lows the out­come of the 16th meet­ing, held in Ethiopia in Oc­to­ber. It aims to re­solve the out­stand­ing con­tro­ver­sial is­sues, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the Min­istry of Wa­ter Re­sources and Ir­ri­ga­tion.

The con­tro­ver­sial is­sues in­clude the reser­voir of the dam and Egypt’s share of the Nile river’s wa­ter.

In Oc­to­ber, Abdel Aty vis­ited the Grand Ethiopian Re­nais­sance Dam (GERD), and saw the dam as­sis­tant, the lake of the dam, and the dam’s power plant. Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from his of­fice, the min­is­ter en­sured that Ethiopia did not be­gin fill­ing the dam’s reser­voir yet.

The GERD, formerly known as the Mil­len­nium Dam, is un­der con­struc­tion in the Ben­is­hangul-Gu­muz re­gion of Ethiopia, on the Blue Nile river.

Its con­struc­tion be­gan in April 2011. How­ever, Egypt has ex­pressed con­cerns that the con­struc­tion of the GERD could neg­a­tively af­fect its his­toric share of the Nile’s wa­ter,55 bil­lion square me­tres,which it has had ac­cess to since a 1959 agree­ment with Su­dan.

The 17th meet­ing of the Tri­par­tite Na­tional Com­mit­tee on the Re­nais­sance Dam

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