Over the weekend, all three countries resume talk on the nile mega dam negotiation.
So far, all three countries are yet to agree a deal but it is believed that the team, will put “a frame of reference” on the role of experts to facilitate the talks, and will submit their report to the water ministers from the three countries by Wednesday.
The week-long negotiations, held via videoconference, include water ministers from the three countries, as well as representatives from the African Union, European Union and the World Bank.
WHY THE GERD IS VITAL FOR EACH COUNTRY?
In July this year, Addis Ababa declared that it reached its first-year target for filling the reservoir of the mega-dam, which can hold 74 billion cubic metres (2,600 billion cubic feet) of water.
So why is it vital, for Sudan, the country hopes the dam will help regulate flooding, but has also warned that millions of lives would be at “great risk” if Ethiopia unilaterally fills the dam.
While, Egypt who depends on the Nile for about 97% of its irrigation and drinking water, sees the dam as an existential threat.
Meanwhile, Ethiopia views the project as essential for its electrification and development, and insists that the flow of water downstream will not be affected.
The negotiate will surely continue as no agreement is yet to be reached by all countries involved.