An African Union panel representing H.E. Félix Tshisekedi, President of The Democratic Republic of Congo and current President of the African Union, has begun talks on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).
The dam is built on the Blue Nile, which originates in Ethiopia’s highlands, joins the White Nile in Sudan, and flows through Egypt. The project has been a source of contention between the countries and was at the heart of the discussion between the delegates.
Negotiations between the three countries began with a meeting held in Egypt with the Egyptian Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, H.E. Mohamed Abdel Ati, before another meeting with the Sudanese leader, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan.
Owned and operated by the Ethiopian Electric Power company, the GERD is expected to be the largest hydropower project in Africa.