Ethiopia has learned the the hard way that it cannot do as it pleases where its neighbours are concerned in the same way it does at home. It learned this lesson via its colossal national prestige project for a dam on the Blue Nile, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).
Addis Ababa shunned the meeting of the Tripartite National Committee (TNC) - consisting of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan - which was to be held in Egypt on 4 October.
Not only has the 6,000 MW GERD costing $4.7 billion, always been strongly contested by Egypt, it has also brought financial problems, as repaying the loans exacerbates the country's lack of foreign currency and disgruntles importers. Here is a roundup of the difficulties this gigantic project encountered since construction began in mid-2013.
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