According to Sudanese president Omar Al Bashir, the construction of the Grand Renaissance Dam on the Nile River in Ethiopia will not impact on Egypt’s water supply. Bashir was speaking while receiving a visit from Ethiopia’s prime minister, Hailemariam Desaleg in Khartoum.
Egypt relies heavily on the Nile for its agricultural production and fears that its share of water is diverted to feed the operation of the dam. This situation has, in turn, led to a deterioration in relations between the two countries.
“We are fully committed to ensuring that the Egyptian share of Nile water is not affected by the construction of the dam,” Bashir said.
For his part, Desaleg has asked the Egyptian authorities not to politicize the issue. “This is a technical and not a political problem. If we do not politicize it, we will come up with a win-win solution for everyone,” he said.
The construction of the Grand Renaissance began in 2012 and has now achieved a 60% realization rate. The dam will have a capacity of 6,000 MW, equivalent to six nuclear power plants. It will be the largest infrastructure of its kind in Africa.