Ethiopia’s PM due in Cairo for Grand Renaissance Dam talks

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn is expected to arrive ion Cairo on Sunday for a four-day official visit, during which he will hold talks with President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi over the Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam.

The two countries are engrossed in a row over the construction of the dam.

Cairo says the dam that Addis Ababa is building will threaten water supplies that have fed Egypt’s agriculture and economy for thousands of years.

Ethiopia however hopes the Grand Renaissance Dam will help make it Africa’s biggest power exporter. The country has accused Egypt of flexing its political muscle to deter financiers from backing other Ethiopian power projects.

Last month, Egypt sought help from the World Bank in resolving that dispute.

Desalegn will be accompanied to Cairo by a high level delegation, including Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu and Ethiopian Ambassador to Cairo Taye Atske-Selassie.