Sudanese journalists paid a visit to GERD

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Addis Ababa, 11 July 2014 (WIC) – A high level Sudanese writers, journalists and thinkers paid a official visit to Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. It is a diplomatic approach between Ethiopia and Sudan’s strategic sign to consolidate practical cooperation to minimize regional security and border tension.

A group of Sudanese journalists are visiting major development works in Ethiopia including the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), the light railway and housing projects in Addis Ababa. The group which includes 32 journalists was briefed about the GERD by the project manager, Engineer Simegnew Bekele. Group members said that the Dam which is being built by Ethiopia’s own resources has great benefits to Africa.

The journalists mentioned, that they have learnt, the GERD would be instrumental in fishery, tourism development and research purposes in addition to power generation. They also mentioned that the GERD will have benefits to the basin countries in preventing flooding and evaporation, which in turn reduces water wastage. The group members also added that they were able to witness themselves that the construction of the GERD is being conducted in a manner that meets international standards.

They further noted that they were able to understand from the briefing that the GERD will not cause any appreciable harm to downstream countries. Khalid Al Malik, a journalist, said the construction of the GERD and the Addis-Khartoum tarmac road will have greater role in further consolidating the relation between the two brotherly people. (AllAfrica)