Ethiopia will work to capitalize on the large Diaspora to further consolidate ties with the government of the United States and promote its vision of development, peace, democracy and fair utilization of Nile waters through the year of 2013, Ethiopian Ambassador to the U.S. said.
Speaking to The Ethiopian Herald, Ethiopian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the U.S., Fitsum Arega stated that prime attention has been given to employ Ethiopians and foreigners of Ethiopian origin to lobby the U.S. government in that Ethiopia has full right to utilize cross-border rivers in an equitable manner. Ambassador Fitsum highlighted that the majority of the Ethiopian Diaspora living in the U.S. want to see a country with strong and vibrant economy and prosperity; and they have been hugely engaged in informing the various U.S. government institutions that the GERD is being built in a way that ensures the benefits of Nile lower riparian countries.
Noting that the Ethio-US cooperation is growing as they are working hard to enhance partnerships in a range of sectors, he said that consolidated diplomatic efforts are underway to aware the U.S. policy making bodies that the GERD will have positive outcomes to both Egypt and Sudan. “Ethiopia and the U.S. have worked in partnership for many years to combat terrorism and their collaboration has been witnessed success by bringing peace and stability in the turbulent Horn of African region.”
The government of Ethiopia has set a goal of providing access to electricity to all its citizens by 2025. It still has a long way to go, but projects such as the Genale Dawa III hydropower station are helping it get closer to the target. That’s one of the reasons Genale Dawa III is a POWER Top Plant.
The population in Africa is among the fastest growing and youngest in the world. The International Energy Agency (IEA) has reported that 1-in-2 people added to the world population between today and 2040 will be in Africa. The continent is expected to overtake China and India, and become the world’s most populous region by 2023. By some estimates, more than half a billion people are expected to be added to Africa’s urban population by 2040.
Let’s take a moment to digest that. New York City, which includes the boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island, is the most populous city in the U.S. Its population was estimated to be 8,336,817 in 2019. That basically means, on average, three cities the size of New York City will be added to Africa every year from now through 2040. Of course, those people will ultimately be added in a less-conspicuous manner in many cities throughout the continent rather than in new cities the size of NYC, but the magnitude of the population growth is mind-boggling.
The 2020 International Conference on the Nile and Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD): Science, Conflict Resolution and Cooperation is co-sponsored by the FIU Institute of Environment, the Addis Ababa Institute of Technology, Addis Ababa University and the Bahir Dar Institute of Technology, Bahir Dar University.
The conference will take place from August 20-21, 2020 through a virtual Zoom setting.
This conference hopes to create a platform for international and national experts to highlight and present their experience on historical and current Nile water issues and the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. Experiences on international transboundary water management, the role of science in conflict resolutions and collaborations will be presented. Speakers from academia, government, international and national organizations working on water resources management, policy, regulations and development will be participating.
Source: FIU Institute of Environment
As countries relax travel restrictions across borders, there is a strong chance that travelling is going to be the first choice you make to favour yourself to let go of every burden you carried over the past four to five months.
If Ethiopia is among your travel choices then, it is more likely that you come across the ongoing discourse among Ethiopia, Egypt, Sudan and the other countries in East Africa mainly with regards to the Grand Ethiopian Renaisance Dam, GERD. As a less informed counterpart, you may be wondering how it may affect your trips to Ethiopia.
So, to help you educate yourself and make an infomed decison in your travel plan to Ethiopia, here we shade light on five key highlights you need to be aware regarding Grand Ethiopian Renaisance Dam, GERD, project.
The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), initially named Millennium Dam, ታላቁ የኢትዮጵያ ሕዳሴ ግድብ aka ሕዳሴ ግድብ ( in Amharic) , is a US$5 billion worth 6,450 MW capacity power project Ethiopia is building on Abay River, main tributary of the Nile River, the longest river in the world. Currently, the GERD is the largest hydroelectric dam project under construction in Africa.