Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt reach agreement on Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam
Ministers of water and foreign affairs of Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt on Tuesday (December 29) have reached agreements pertaining to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) following 3-day talks in Khartoum. The Agreement was one step forward towards finalizing and reaching agreement on the nomination of the two consultancy firms (French Artelia and BRL groups) tasked with carrying out technical studies on the potential impact of Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam on the flow of the Nile. The three countries had initially picked French firm BRL and Dutch firm Deltares in April but Deltares later withdrew leading them to replace it with French firm Artelia on Tuesday. The three countries have "reached a consensus over the next steps" and have agreed to hold the regular meetings to enhance cooperation among them. They have also agreed to convene their next meeting in Ethiopia.