Last week, before the ink had dried on the “new agreement” on the so-called Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, Egyptian President General Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi toldEgyptians during the inauguration of a national farmland project, “I totally understand the concern of Egyptians as water is a matter of life or death. We already agree with our brothers [the Ethiopians] that they want to live as we want to live. I have not led you astray before and I will not lead you astray now.”
According to press reports, Ethiopia is currently going through a very severe drought, and is in dire need of international food assistance to make up for failed crops.
Ethiopia has a history of famine situations due to drought. During every drought year, the international community has been supportive with shipments of food relief. Since the year 2002, Ethiopia has been coping nicely with dry weather. The construction of new roads has allowed the movement of food crops from wet regions to dry regions, thereby making it unnecessary to call for international aid. In view of the improved transportation situation, the fact that food aid is needed in the year 2015 indicates that the drought situation must be truly severe. In short, the entire country must be having a rain deficit and not just certain regions as in the past. Continue reading Drought and Famine in Ethiopia→
THE recent “Agreement on Declaration of Principles between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Project (GERDP),” is yet another example on how the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) is selling Ethiopia while in-the-process of formulating the Greater (Abay) Independent Tigray.
The TPLF has been selling the Hidesa/Renaissance Dam as if it is an existential issue and, that it is “Ethiopia’s right to develop.” To that end, the TPLF turned the issue to a political-campaign designed to rally the Ethiopian people, sold shares to ensure funding (albeit unsuccessfully) and tried to paint Egypt as villain-determined to stop Ethiopian progress by any means. Continue reading Ethiopia: TPLF Lies about Nile Agreement→
EDITOR’S NOTE: Ever since the technical negotiations option between Egypt and Ethiopia collapse, the country is planning to either accepting mediation with Ethiopia to build a smaller dam; form a fact finding committee; choose countries to arbitrate the two or refer to the International Court of Justice. For now it seems they want to start with the later.
THE Specialized National Councils in Egypt filed an important report to the presidency, including a study about referring the issue of the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for arbitration. The report was prepared in Egypt by a team of experts in law and international arbitration led by Mufid Shehab. Shehab was part of the international Taba arbitration tribunal, through which Egypt succeeded in recovering the town in 1988. Continue reading Egypt to Refer Renaissance Dam File to the Hague→
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has severely criticized the five-year Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP), which was announced in October, 2010, for its ‘lack of feasible financial and implementation planning and adequate prioritization of targets in the plan.’
Following the staff visit to Ethiopia, it was to be remembered that the Fund had criticized government’s lax monetary policy management as the cause for persistent inflationary pressure in the economy. Nevertheless, the full assessment of the country’s growth road map appears to be worse than the monetary aspect. Continue reading IMF Severely Slams Zenawi’s Five Year GTP→