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Egypt uses 'radio diplomacy' in Africa to influence Nile dam dispute

The Egyptian government plans to increase the number of stations targeting Africa and the Nile Basin countries in order to promote the Egyptian position on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
Joseph Kazibwe listens his radio for the final announcement of Presidential election near the home of Presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, aka Bobi Wine, as he stays with his wife in Magere, Uganda, on Jan. 16, 2021.

Amid the ongoing dispute over the Grand Ethiopia Renaissance Dam (GERD), Egypt is working to expand its broadcasting system targeting Nile Basin countries to promote Egypt’s positions on a number of issues, including the GERD. 

In Sept. 11 press statements, the head of the parliament’s African Affairs Committee, Sherif el-Gabali, called on the government to launch more radio stations directed at African audiences. He stressed that “Egyptian radio stations targeting Africa play an important role in making Egypt’s voice heard among the African peoples.”

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