Source: The Africa Report
By Nicholas Norbrook, Patrick Smith
Despite years of on-off talks, Ethiopia and Egypt are still unreconciled over the filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
The giant hydroelectric project is the centrepiece of a decade of Ethiopian industrial policy as seen from Addis Ababa, and a unique threat to Egypt’s water supply as seen from Cairo.
William Davison of the ICG talks to Patrick Smith about:
- the critical next few weeks in the tough diplomatic sparring match between Ethiopia and Egypt, with partners in US and China all engaged;
- the role of the region, especially Sudan;
- and the impact of the negotiations on the domestic political calculus in Ethiopia as it heads towards elections later this year.