Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan reach agreement on Nile dispute

Lester Mason
May 17, 2018

The document itself was later published by Al-Youm7 with the minister's signatures on them.

The three countries have also agreed to regularize a summit of their leaders; to establish a Tripartite Infrastructure Fund and on issues relating to the GERD. Secondly, a tripartite fund would be established named the "Tripartite Infrastructure Fund".

An independent scientific study group comprising of 15 members from the three countries will be consensually formed and shall submit the results of its work by August 2018 to be considered in the three countries' future meetings.

It followed the Tripartite National Committee (TNC) meeting of the three countries, held in Addis Ababa on May 5, which ended without any breakthrough.

Previous negotiations in Cairo proved unsuccessful, according to reports, due to Egypt's continued fear that agriculture and water supplies would be affected by the dam's filling. "New suggestions have been put forward to solve technical problems, and serious steps have been taken to enhance cooperation and build trust".

The Egyptian envoy taking place in the meeting are: Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry, Head of Intelligence Abbas Kamel and Minister of Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Ati.

Ethiopia began constructing the GERD in 2011.

Ethiopia's multi-billion dollar self-funded Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), which is now under construction on the Blue Nile river in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, will be the largest hydroelectric power plant in Africa when completed, as well as one of the top 10 largest in the world.

Since then, concerns have risen in Cairo and Khartoum over the negative impact the Ethiopian dam will have on their historic Nile water share, amounting to 55.5 billion cubic meters in Egypt only, in accordance with the historic 1959 agreement with Sudan.

Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt have agreed to set up an independent scientific research team on the controversial Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).Once completed, with a generation capacity of 6,450MW, GERD will be the largest hydro-power plant in Africa.

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