The Ethiopian Ambassador to the Sudan, Ambassador Abadi Zemo told a conference in Khartoum that the people of the area will benefit from the establishment of the dam to generate electricity and will thus lead to industrial and agricultural development. He added that Ethiopia is collaborating with neighboring countries to take advantage of the dam.
This is reflected in the extension of the electricity supply lines to Kenya and the Sudan would also benefit from this resource. Ambassador Abadi was speaking at the conference, “Renaissance Dam, optimum utilization of water resources”, organized by the Peace and Development Studies Centre of Khartoum North University, in collaboration with the Ethiopian Embassy in Khartoum.
Osman Al-Tom, water resources adviser at Sudan’s Ministry of Water Resources and Electricity, said Sudan and Ethiopia were linked by joint projects, including the Renaissance Dam, and noted that Sudan, Egypt and other African countries could benefit from the dam in terms of electric power. He also noted benefits of GERD for provision and storage of water during periods of flooding and drought and in reducing the amount of silt in the Roseiris Dam.
Mr. Al-Tom called for cooperation, planning, coordination, and exchange of information regarding the operation and filling of the dam and underlined the importance of clarifying the economic and social impacts on Sudan, Egypt, and Ethiopia. Dr. Elias Lewi, from Addis Ababa University, said the work on the dam was going well and that its building is designed according to international standards. He said that the dam would allow the Sudan to generate green energy, increase fisheries, provides clean energy and promote regional economic integration.