Ethiopia, Uganda Discusses Renaissance Dam, Bilateral Issues

ADDIS ABEBA – Speaker of the house Tagesse Chafo has held talks with Ugandan Energy Minister, Irene Nafuna Muloni, on strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries.

Eng. Irene Nafuna Muloni stressed that Uganda and Ethiopia should strive more to achieve better results in relations that matter on the Energy and Mining sectors, according to Ethiopia’s ministry of foreign affairs.

Tagesse for his part highlighted Ethiopia’s efforts in implementing various energy options to address the shortage of energy and underscored that there are many opportunities for the two countries to cooperate in the sector.

The house speaker mentioned the construction of the Grand Renaissance Dam as a major option that will have a meaningful impact on Ethiopia’s energy needs.

Tagesse took the opportunity to extend his gratitude to the Government of Uganda for ratifying the Cooperative Framework Agreement (CFA).

On the occasion, Ambassador Woinshet Tadese, Permanent Secretary for Africa and the Middle East, explained the trilateral technical dialogue that Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt are undertaking on the filling and operation of the GERD.

Expressing her satisfaction over the explanations on issues related to the GERD, Engineer Irene Mullon emphasized that the trilateral technical dialogue was beneficial in addressing the needs of the three countries.

The protection of the Nile Basin is crucial to the sustainable use of the river and Uganda is working to meet its expectations, she added.