Egyptian Minister of Water and Irrigation Dr. Hossam Moghazy leader of Delegation to South Sudan sit next to South Sudan National Minister of Electricity Dams and Water Resources together with members of delegation talking to the Media at Juba international Airport
Egypt and the Netherlands signed a Memorandum of Understanding to expand their current cooperation on water management. Over the next five years the two countries will initiate new cooperation on the issues of water resource management and protection of Egypt’s northern coast.
Minister Hossam Moghazy (left)of Water Resources and Irrigation and minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen (right) of Infrastructure and Environment, signed the new MoU in Cairo on 3 November.
Egypt and the Netherlands have a longstanding relation on water management of 38 years.
Egypt’s Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, Mohamed Abdul Muttalib, headed a delegation to Addis Ababa today (February 10) to continue talks on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).
Minister Muttalib asked to visit Ethiopia to talk further about the differences of opinion over the formation of a committee to oversee the implementation of recommendations of the report of the International Panel of Experts.
This had remained a point at issue between Egypt on one side and the Ministers of Ethiopia and Sudan on the other, after three rounds of discussion in Khartoum.
Egypt has objected to the storage capacity of Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam, currently under construction, which it fears will negatively affect its Nile water share.
Alaa Yassin, spokesperson on the Ethiopia dam issue for Egypt’s irrigation ministry, called for decreasing the dam’s capacity, currently set at 74 billion cubic metres, saying this will have an adverse effect on Egypt’s water supply.
Yassin stated, according to state news agency MENA on Sunday, that his country’s “studies” on the dam have shown that the capacity is “unjustified” and “technically unacceptable.”
In October, Ethiopia said it had completed 40 percent of the construction necessary for its $4.2 billion dam project, adding that the first stage of the dam will be operational from June 2015. The 6,000 megawatt dam, set to be Africa’s largest, is expected to be completed by 2017.
Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have created a tripartite committee to conduct negotiations on the dam, a source of concern for Egypt.
Ethiopia is building the dam on the Blue Nile, the Nile’s most significant tributary, supplying most of its water