Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi warned Ethiopia regarding the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) during his press conference held with international and local media as part of the World Youth Forum (WYF) 2017. The president said water is a national security to Egypt and his country will safeguard it.
According to Saudi-owned Al-arabiya Network, President el-Sisi said “We positively view the developmental needs of our friends and brothers in Ethiopia, Water to us is not merely a question of development, it’s a matter of life and death. We are capable of protecting our national security and water to us is a question of national security. Full stop.”
Egypt fears Ethiopia’s grand dam would significantly reduce its share of Nile’s water when the dam starts filling water. Egypt claims as heavily dependent on Nile water.
Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is financed by Ethiopian government, sales of government bonds to Ethiopians at home and abroad, and different national lottery programs. The GERD is a source of national pride in Ethiopia as it will be the Africa’s largest hydroelectric dam when finished. The construction of this 6,450 MW Dam has reached 62 percent completion rate as of October 2017.
“The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) will start generating electric power in the current fiscal year. The remaining 38 percent of the construction will continue while the dam will keep on generating hydroelectric power” current Minister of Communication and Information Technology Debretsion Gebremichael said to Ethiopian News Agency in October 2017.
This video, prepared by Studio Pietrangeli, shows the status of the construction of GERD dam as of April 2017.