Ethiopia will not stop building dam regardless of impact study results: Minister

Ethiopia will not stop building dam regardless of impact study results: Minister

Ethiopian Irrigation and Water Minister Motuma Mikasa has stated that neither tripartite talks on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam nor the outcome of impact studies will not stop the building of the dam. Speaking to Al-Masry Al-Youm, Mikasa revealed plans to finish construction by 2017. He added that plans are afoot to build more dams on all rivers flowing down from the Ethiopian highlands. Whilst some countries in the Nile basin have expressed support for the Ethiopian construction project, begun in 2011, Egypt has spearheaded opposition to the dam, citing…

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AU Endorses Roadmap to Eliminate Malaria By 2030

AU Endorses Roadmap to Eliminate Malaria By 2030

African leaders have endorsed the Catalytic Framework to end AIDS, TB and Eliminate Malaria in Africa by 2030 during the 27th AU Summit in Kigali. The framework outlines a pathway to “eliminate malaria incidence and mortality, and prevent its transmission and reestablishment in all countries by 2030.” Through building Africa-wide consensus, the leaders have charted a pathway to malaria elimination. According to the press release current AU Chairperson Chadian President Idriss Déby Itno, AIDS Watch Africa and of African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) urged leaders to redouble their efforts to…

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AFDB Approves US$104 Million Loan For Ethiopian Power Sector Project

AFDB Approves US$104 Million Loan For Ethiopian Power Sector Project

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a US$104 million loan for a project to sustainably extend power to industries in Ethiopia’s Tigray and Afar regional states. A statement posted on the AfDB website says the Mekele-Dallol and Semera-Afdera Power Transmission Supply for Industrial Development and Access Scale-up Project is aimed at improving the socio-economic development and livelihoods in the states of Tigray and Afar through increased access to affordable and sustainable electricity supplies and improved service delivery. According to the posting, the project is critical to ensure that electricity…

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