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.”
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
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
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
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.”
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