Potential consequences discussed by country representatives
If there is any one single investment by one individual country that has caused heightened tension in the greater Nile Basin in the last years, it is the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). This is a massive and ambitious undertaking by the Ethiopian government within the hydro energy sector of the country.
As part of the Breakfast Meeting Series, initiated by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, policy makers from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, experts from government institutions and Ethiopian think tanks as well as representatives from the African Union, the European Union and other international institutions discussed recent diplomatic efforts. They sought to seek a more constructive way to cope with the consequences of the controversial construction.
Dr. Yacob Arsano, member and vice chair of National Panel of Experts for the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and member of National Council for the Coordination of Public Participation on the Construction of the Grand Renaissance Dam, presented the diplomatic pathways that have been attempted by the three riparian countries of the Nile; Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt to address the issues and concerns of the GERD.
The aim of the Breakfast Meetings is to provide a forum for regular and more frequent communication between Addis Ababa based experts on security policy in the Horn of Africa as well as throughout the wider African continent. The meeting is also expected to have generated concrete and practical policy recommendations for national and international institutions.