The Nile Tripartite Committee composed of experts drawn from Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan, and four international experts later officially renamed as ‘International Panel of Experts’ met in Addis Ababa to continue its study on the impact of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on downstream countries.The experts’ panel which officially launched its activities in Addis Ababa on May 8, 2012 also paid a visit to the construction site of the Dam on Monday.
The visit is aimed at gathering information for researches being conducted by the panel.
The panel which comprises ten experts drawn from Ethiopia, Egypt, Sudan, and four international experts discussed ways of strengthening cooperation over River Nile.It is expected to present its findings in five months’ time to the governments of Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt.
Water and Energy State Minister, Wondimu Tekle who took part in the discussion said the meeting shows Ethiopia’s commitment to collaborating with the downstream countries.The establishment of the panel was the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s initiative as a goodwill gesture to build trust among riparian states.
Ethiopia believes the project will prevent flooding and silt formation in downstream countries.It will also have added benefit of reducing evaporation as it is being built in a less humid gorge.