Dispute over Grand Renaissance Dam should be resolved by African, Kenyan scholars say


Kenyan scholars say disputes over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam should be resolved through the Pan-African principle of African solutions to Africa’s problems.
Cooperation between the Ethiopian Embassy in Kenya and the Kenya International Relations Scholars Association
had a panel discussion on the Internet.
FDRE Plenipotentiary Ambassador to Kenya Meles Alem Strengthening the spirit of cooperation between the Nile Basin countries and resolving differences diplomatically should be given special attention for the common good. He said other riparian countries should stand by Ethiopia to ensure equitable and reasonable use of water resources.
He said the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam at their own expense without any external fund is a great sign that Africans can plan and complete their own project.
The construction of the dam has reached 80 percent, he said, adding that the completion of the project will not only solve the energy shortage of Ethiopia but also the countries of the region, adding that it will further connect the Horn of Africa and enhance cooperation between the countries in the region.
The Ambassador called on scholars to support all riparian countries to achieve equitable access.
Dan Odaba, an international relations scholar at the United States International University (USIU) in Kenya, on his part said the completion of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam project will benefit not only Ethiopia but also Egypt, Sudan and other countries in the region.
He said all countries should work together to find a peaceful solution to the disputes between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan.
He stated that the construction of the dam will contribute not only to the countries of the region but also to the realization of the African Agenda 2063 by accelerating regional integration.
The discussion was attended by Dr. Kigen Morumbasi, President of the Kenya International Relations Scholars Association and Professor of Social Sciences at Stratmore University, Leonard Wenama, Vice President of the Association, and Dan Odaba, USIU International Relations Scholar.
Zerubbabel Getachew, a second-in-command of the FDRE Embassy in Kenya and a doctoral candidate at the University of Nairobi, also presented a paper entitled “Decolonizing the Nile”, the embassy said.