Addis Ababa, January 10 (WIC) – A tripartite committee established to increase transparency on Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam has begun its work, the Ministry of Water and Energy said.
Water and Energy Minister, Alemayehu Tegenu, told WIC the committee was established to create trust and foster cooperation amongst the lower riparian countries.
The committee was established on the basis of the pact signed by Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt to form a team that reviews the benefit and impact of the dam, he said.
The committee, which consists of two experts from each country and four foreign professionals, convened its first meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The second meeting will be held in Sudan, the minister said.
The committee, in its first meeting set criteria on how to include international experts, Alemayehu noted.
Ethiopia has already commenced construction work as it has strong belief that the dam would not harm the water security of Sudan and Egypt, he said.