Diamond Trust Bank banner | Coastweek



 Coastweek website


Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia sign contracts
to conduct studies on Nile dam

KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) -- Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia on Tuesday signed contracts with two consultancy offices to conduct technical studies on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

“It is an event that we are witnessing today after long path that we have been through to achieve this stage,” Egypt’s Minister of Water Resources Mohamed Abdel-Ati said when addressing the signing ceremony of the contract in Khartoum Tuesday.

“We have bigger dreams of regional integration. Our objectives are to generate electricity and to reduce power blackout in all the countries,” he noted.

Mutaz Mussa, Sudan’s Water Resources and Electricity Minister, for his part, said “I’m confident that our three countries have the necessary expertise to support, validate and approve the two studies report in a joint effort with the consultant.”

Motuma Bedassa, Ethiopia’s Minister of Water, Irrigation and Electricity, addressing the ceremony, said “many prior studies have indicators that the GERD can be filled and operated without causing any significant harm to any of the three eastern Nile countries.”

The Tripartite National Committee (TNC) should engage in complete harmony and good faith in order to ensure sustainable cooperation of the three countries in the management of trans-boundary water resources in the eastern Nile, he noted.

He said that there is no room for competition or exerting unnecessary effort in outsmarting each other in the work of the TNC during the conduct of the two studies.

Bedassa further noted that it is also very important to focus on the technical aspects of the studies and not to engage in the hydro politics aspects which may will divert the TNC attention into unwanted directions.

In September 2014, local expert committees from Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia recommended conducting two more studies on the GERD.

The first proposed test was on the dam’s impact on the water shares of Egypt and Sudan, and the second on the anticipated environmental, economic and social impact on the two countries.

The GERD worries Egypt which fears that the construction of the dam would affect its share of the Nile water, which amounts to 55.5 billion cubic meters, while Ethiopia reiterates that the dam is likely to make a shift in its wealth, namely in the field of electricity.

The GERD, extending on an area of 1,800 square kilometers, is scheduled to be completed in three years at a cost of 4.7 billion U.S. dollars.



Ethiopia’s Bekele wins Berlin Marathon

BERLIN Germany (Xinhua) -- Kenenisa Bekele won the 43rd edition of the Berlin Marathon after crossing the finish line in two hours, three minutes and four seconds on Sunday.

Bekele has run the second fastest marathon time in Berlin but missed Dennis Kimetto’s world record time by just six seconds.

Former Berlin winner Wilson Kipsang crossed the line 10 seconds after Bekele, while Evans Chebet finished third in two hours, five minutes and 31 seconds.

The marathon started with a strong pace in the first five kilometres. The leading group was more than one minute inside the World Cup time before Kipsang took the lead to establish a four-second advantage over Bekele.

The Ethiopian turned up late whereas Kipsang’s pace seemed to decrease at the 38-kilometer mark, allowing Bekele to close the gap and to pull away at the final drink station.

“I wanted to run a personal best,” Bekele said. “The time was fast but I am a little disappointed that I missed the world record.”

Ethiopia’s women dominated their competition as Aberu Kebede wrapped the win in two hours, 20 minutes and 45 seconds, followed by Birhane Dibaba (2:23:58) and Ruti Aga (2:24:41).



Remember: you read it first at coastweek.com !


TO ADVERTISE ON THIS WEB SITE:  www.coastweek.com
Please contact

MOMBASA - GULSHAN JIVRAJ, Mobile: 0722 775164 Tel: (+254) (41) 2230130 /
Wireless: 020 3549187 e-mail: info@coastweek.com

NAIROBI - ANJUM H. ASODIA, Mobile: 0733 775446 Tel: (+254) (020) 3744459
e-mail: anjum@asodia.co.ke

    © Coastweek Newspapers Limited               Tel: (+254) (41) 2230130  |  Wireless: 020 3549187  |  E-mail: info@coastweek.com