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Egypt, Ethiopia compete to export power to Africa

Egypt's "power" diplomacy with Djibouti, Tanzania and Burundi is meant to counter Ethiopia's plan to expand electricity exports to African countries through the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
A woman pauses with her child in a camp for people displaced in conflicts and turmoil that has afflicted Burundi over the last 25 years, Carama, Burundi, June 23, 2015.

A new battle between Ethiopia and Egypt has surfaced against the backdrop of the dispute over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). The two African countries are now fighting over export of electricity to Africa.

Ethiopia is poised to fulfill its ambition to export electricity from the GERD. Ethiopian Ambassador to Uganda Alemtsehay Meseret held talks with Burundi’s minister of water, energy and minerals, Ibrahim Uwizeye on July 7. During the meeting, Uwizeye affirmed that his country is waiting for the completion of the dam to buy electricity from Ethiopia.

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