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The Renaissance Dam – a national symbol but a regional quandary
Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam construction. © Gioia Forster/dpa/picture-alliance/Newscom/MaxPPP

The Renaissance Dam – a national symbol but a regional quandary

Although the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is due to come into service in 2021, no agreement has yet been found by Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan regarding their respective rights to the waters of the River Nile. For nearly a decade, the great Ethiopian dam has been a source of tension between the three countries. Ethiopia sees the €4bn project, which has been entirely financed by Ethiopian taxpayers but has not yet been completed, as a means of making itself self-sufficient in energy and affirming its power in the region.

Spotlight HORN OF AFRICA Diplomacy 04/06/2021
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Djiboutian President Ismail Omar Guelleh in Djibouti.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Djiboutian President Ismail Omar Guelleh in Djibouti. © diplomatie.gouv.dj

Sisi tries two-pronged attack on Abiy via Khartoum and Djibouti 

The Egyptian army wants to capitalise on President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's visit to Djibouti last week to strengthen cooperation with the country in hope of securing a permanent presence there. Cairo generals, which have already firmed up ties with their counterparts in Sudan, are fighting Ethiopia's plans to continue filling the Renaissance dam this summer. [...]

Spotlight SUDAN ETHIOPIA EGYPT Diplomacy 30/04/2021
UAE Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
UAE Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. © Simon Dawson/Reuters

Emirates seek to mediate between Sisi, Abiy, and Hamdock over GERD mega-dam 

Emirati Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed has already offered to mediate between Sudan and Ethiopia in their dispute over the Al Fashaqa border region. He is now hoping to use his influence over the Egyptian, Sudanese, and Ethiopian regimes to try to resolve their thorny conflict over the Grand Renaissance Ethiopian Dam. [...]

Spotlight ETHIOPIA Diplomacy 24/02/2021
Prime Minister of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed with President of Egypt Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
Prime Minister of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed with President of Egypt Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. © STR/EFE/Newscom/MaxPPP

Abiy and Sisi spar over GERD in Washington through opposing lobbyists 

Addis Ababa has followed in Cairo's footsteps and hired a US lobbying heavyweight. Worried his Egyptian rival will take the lead in the Grand Renaissance dam debate and concerned about his declining reputation over the Tigray conflict, the Ethiopian prime minister is working institutions, diplomats, and the media. [...]

SOUTH SUDAN HORN OF AFRICA Diplomacy 09/10/2020
The GERD dam (Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam), a source of tension between Addis Ababa and Cairo.
The GERD dam (Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam), a source of tension between Addis Ababa and Cairo. © Yirga Mengistu/dpa/picture-alliance/Newscom/MaxPPP

GERD: Egypt and Ethiopia kowtow to South Sudan 

Cairo and Addis Ababa, engaged in a bitter diplomatic squabble over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), are each seeking to win over as many countries as possible in the Nile Basin. South Sudan is currently the centre of their attention. [...]

ETHIOPIA Diplomacy 18/06/2020
EU Ambassador to Addis Ababa Johan Borgstam and Ethiopian Minister for Foreign Affairs Gedu Andargachew.
EU Ambassador to Addis Ababa Johan Borgstam and Ethiopian Minister for Foreign Affairs Gedu Andargachew. © Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia

Abiy Ahmed Ali lobbies behind the scenes to win support for early filling of Renaissance Dam reservoir 

With negotiations on the huge dam on the Nile about to resume, Ethiopian Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew is taking advantage of discussions on Ethiopia's much praised handling of the Covid-19 pandemic to convince potential allies of the well-foundedness of its position on the dam project. [...]

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