THE MINISTRY OF WATER, IRRIGATION, AND ENERGY
4 November 2020
Addis Ababa (4 November 2020): The Ministers of Water Affairs of Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan held a virtual trilateral meeting on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).
The meeting was attended by the observers and experts assigned by the Bureau of the AU Assembly. The ministers were presented with the report of the country experts on the modality of the upcoming negotiations.
The Ministers exchanged views on the enhanced role of the AU experts and their Terms of Reference, the basis for the upcoming negotiation, and time frame. Ethiopia made propositions to bridge the positions of the three countries.
As the three countries were unable to reach a complete agreement on the agenda items mentioned above, the countries reached an understanding to resort to the Chairperson of the AU Executive Council and the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa to consult on the next steps of the negotiation and make their respective reports.