Foreign Nationals in AAU Stress Mutual Benefits of GERD to All Riparian States

Foreign nationals in Addis Ababa University said the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is useful for the economic development of the riparian states.

Ethiopian experts in the field briefed today foreigners learning and teaching in the university said that meeting the electric power gap in the region and the economic opportunities that will ensue have trans-boundary benefits.

Following the presentations, Amule Nixon Raphael of South Sudan said equitable sharing of trans-boundary resources and the Nile River in this case will have mutual advantages for all the riparian states.

The Rwandan Niawp Emungu Mathew suggested that reasonable utilization, effective watershed management system be implemented in the riparian states especially in the upper stream countries to keep the continuous annual flow of the Nile Basin rivers.

AAU Hydro Power Associate Professor Yilma Sileshi stated that GERD is an engine for economic rise of the region.

The dam will reduce the flood risks on dams in Sudan and Egypt by controlling sediment from river in Ethiopia.

According to him, the annual water evaporation rate of the dam is less than 13 times that of Aswan Dam and 6 times Kajbar Dam.

Trans-boundary Resources Affairs Director at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zerihun Abebe, said on his part exploiting the high potential productivity of the Nile River that has 70 percent of the total surface water resource equitably is a matter of survival for Ethiopian.

Eastern Nile Technical Regional Office General Manager Fekiahmed Negash said sustainable and optimum utilization of Nile requires genuine cooperation among riparian states with due respect of international water laws and equitable utilization experiences of Trans-boundary rivers like Kanji Dam on Niger River and Manantali Dam on Senegal River.

 

 Addis Ababa May 31/2018(ENA)