Egypt can get electricity from Ethiopia with dam completion: Ambassador Berhane

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Addis Ababa, 29 April 2014 (WIC) – Ethiopian Foreign Affairs State Minister Ambassador Berhane Gebrekirstos said Egypt can get electricity from Ethiopia when the dam is completed.

Addressing Intellectuals' Forum on Ethiopia's Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) in Bahir Dar town, Ambassador Berhane said the benefits of the dam will extend to Egypt's ability to obtain electricity from Ethiopia.

He said the dam is not being constructed for irrigation or farming, but for generating electricity.

"The water will pass through turbines to conduct electricity, and then continue its flow. Egypt will not be harmed by the dam, "on the contrary, it can get electricity from Ethiopia after the dam's construction is complete," he said

The two-day forum brought together local prominent intellectuals and professionals to discuss the legal rights of Ethiopia to use the Nile water.

Participants include water experts, representatives from all government universities, senior officials of the federal and regional governments, lawmakers, civil activists and political figures, among others.

The event's main theme focuses on how best Ethiopia can maintain sustainable utilization and management of the Nile water, as well as the role of governments, African organizations and scientists of riparian states to deepen Nile riparian cooperation.

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