GERD Tripartite committee Begins Meetings in Khartoum
The tenth meeting of the tripartite committee on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) has begun Friday in Khartoum with the participation of the Irrigation and foreign ministers of Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan.
The meeting, which was postponed last Saturday, a day before it was scheduled to take place, would discuss the technical issues regarding the dam’s construction.
It seeks to achieve agreement between the French and Dutch consultants to implement the technical studies which were requested by the tripartite committee in May 2013
Following the first closed session, the three delegations held separate meetings to reach a new vision on the outstanding issues.
According to the Turkey-based Anadolu agency, Sudan’s ministers of foreign affairs Ibrahim Ghandour and irrigation and water resources Muataz Musa have embarked on separate consultations with their Ethiopian and Egyptian counterparts.
Well-placed Sudanese sources said the technical meeting which was scheduled to be held in the presence of the French and the Dutch consultants has been delayed according to an Egyptian request.
The same sources said the report of the Dutch consultant pointed out the Ethipoia and Sudan would benefit from the construction of the GERD without mentioning Egypt as a beneficiary.
It is noteworthy that three countries had previously formed a committee to select a consultancy firm to assess the impact of GERD on Sudan and Egypt. Four consultancy firms from France, Australia and Netherlands had been short-listed initially and invited to submit their proposals. Read more