ADDIS ABABA – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Demeke Mekonnen, urged the public to continue supporting the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) construction project.
Ethiopia officially broke ground on the hydroelectric dam construction project on April 2, 2011.
The construction of the dam, solely financed through domestic sources, is now 84% complete and started to generate 375 megawatts of electricity from one of its turbines in February, 2021.
In a message commemorating the 11 year anniversary of the launch of the project, Deputy Prime Minister Demeke reminded the public in response to help the project to cross the finishing line.
He said, “we have now started generating electricity, and many have paid sacrifices to achieve this end.”
“All Ethiopians here and abroad, the government of Ethiopia, and the people who have been participating in the construction of the dam deserve heartfelt appreciation.”
“The GERD project is not a closed file. I call upon all Ethiopians to maintain and scale up their multifaceted support for finalizing it and meeting our final objective,” Demeke said.
“Although multiple problems have continued to challenge our country, I believe they will always crumble away in the face of our solidarity and sense of brotherhood,” he said.
“I call on fellow Ethiopians to strengthen our unity and pass on a strong and prosperous Ethiopia to our children and the coming generations of Ethiopians,” he added.
The multi-billion Dollar project is ultimately expected to produce more than 5,000 megawatts of electricity, more than doubling Ethiopia’s electricity output.
The vision with the GERD, authorities say, is not limited to assuaging the electric demand locally but also to export power as far as to Europe, helping to reduce gas emission that affects the environment.