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Ethiopian water minister determined to continue Renaissance Dam construction

In an Al-Monitor interview in Cairo, Ethiopian Minister for Water, Irrigation and Energy Motuma Mekasa expressed his country's determination to continue construction on the Renaissance Dam despite the lack of studies on its impact.
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Cairo — A month after being appointed Ethiopian's minister of water, irrigation and energy on Oct. 6, Motuma Mekasa paid a visit to Cairo for talks with his Egyptian and Sudanese counterparts. The talks aimed at how to proceed with conducting studies to assess concerns about the repercussions of building the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile, including the dam’s effect on water flow into the Aswan High Dam and environmental impacts.

“Ethiopia has provided all the political commitments needed to quickly conduct and abide by the results of studies concerning the impact of the dam without any delay,” Mekasa said in an interview with Al-Monitor on Nov. 10 in the Egyptian capital. “We shall not cease or deviate from the dam construction schedule.”

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