GERD - Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam
Let us share with you some key facts and figures in order to clarify the context regarding the GERD - Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
The 2 sub topics at hand are electricity access and the Nile waters sharing.
1) Electricity access
The GERD - Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is built for electrification purpose and is self financed by Ethiopia.
GERD is a non water consumptive project.
The dam is located nearby the border with Sudan.
The first filling of the reservoir has taken place this year in July 2020 during the rainy season, the full filling process will take 4 to 7 years (the initial Ethiopian plan was 3 years).
According to the World Bank, the electricity access rate is 45% in Ethiopia, 60% in Sudan and 100% in Egypt.
The GERD will be a source of cheaper and cleaner electricity for Ethiopia and the neighboring countries.
2) Nile waters sharing
Egypt still refers to the 1959 bilateral agreement with Sudan (that Ethiopia has never recognized) which allocates 66% to Egypt, 22% to Sudan, 12% for evaporation and 0% to Ethiopia.
As reminder Ethiopia contributes to about 85% of the Nile flow with the Blue Nile (called ዓባይ Abay/Abbay in Ethiopia) and the White Nile is the other contributor.
According to the United Nations, Ethiopia has a population of 115 million inhabitants, Sudan has a population of 43.9 million inhabitants and Egypt has a population of 102 million inhabitants.
Ethiopia refers to the NBI - Nile Basin Initiative that includes all the 10 Nile Basin countries.
The NBI has put forward the CFA - Cooperative Framework Agreement that outlines principles for cooperative management and development of the Nile Basin water resources.
Interview about the BelgoEthiopian Association with Philippe Meert & Thewodros Berhanu
In 2014, the BelgoEthiopian Association has resumed its efforts of "building bridges" between Belgium and Ethiopia.
We were happy to organize the event GUZO - Journey in Ethiopia - Samuel Yirga.
We would like to thank all those who helped in the organization and especially Samuel Yirga, Espace Senghor, Ethiopian Airlines, the Embassy of Ethiopia in Brussels, Karel Kieckens, KoKob, Aksum Coffee House, Toukoul, Friends & Members of the BelgoEthiopian Association.
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BelgoEthiopian Association & Espace Senghor
will take you on a trip through your senses
GUZO - Journey in Ethiopia - Samuel Yirga
Date: Saturday, February 1st 2014
Venue: Espace Senghor
Chaussée de Wavre 366, 1040 Etterbeek
(Parking lot at Place Jourdan)
- Online via Fnac
- At Senghor 14€ (Presale 12€)
Phone: 02 / 230.31.40 (Mon – Fri: 09:00 - 17:00)
firstname.lastname@example.org - www.senghor.be
17:00 Photo exhibition & reportage screening “Lanscapes of Ethiopia”
by Françoise Pastor - Heber asbl
18:00 Documentary screening - Merkato by Sosena Solomon
Merkato is one of the largest & oldest open- air markets in Africa
(Addis Ababa, Ethiopia).
The documentary depicts a journey through a fascinating place from the
perspective of five personal stories.
18:30 Ethiopian Food (Injera) & Coffee ceremony
20:00 Samuel Yirga's Concert
“Samuel Yirga's latest album GUZO (which means Journey in Amharic)
is an original invitation to discover or rediscover Ethiopia.
The artist is signed on Real World Records, the
world music label founded by Peter Gabriel.
His music brings together contemporary and classical jazz,
celebrated songs from the golden era of Ethiopian music,
traditional Ethiopian rhythms and deeply felt classical
piano undertones. This young man from Addis has opened
up a whole new door on a musical genre which has already
grabbed the interest of many people around the world”
The performance will be accompanied by beautiful images
of Ethiopia taken by the photographer Karel Kieckens.
We hope you are all doing fine.
We would like to wish you Happy New Year and Melkam Gena! In 2012, the BelgoEthiopian Association has resumed its efforts of "building bridges" between Belgium and Ethiopia. We were happy to organize our yearly event, the screening of the film-documentary "Town of Runners" at Espace Delvaux. We would like to thank all those who helped organizing this and especially Members & Friends of the BelgoEthiopian Association, Espace Delvaux, Dan Demissie (Town of Runners), Aksum Coffee House and KoKoB.
We also take this opportunity to bring to your attention two great projects:
- Library Project in Bekoji
- And vzw Ethiopïe ik wil leven
We are looking forward to meeting you in 2013 for further initiatives.
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The Belgo Ethiopian Association has the pleasure to invite you
on Saturday, September 8 at 17:00
to the first screening in Belgium of the film
“Town of Runners” at the Espace Delvaux,
More than 12 years: € 8
Between 6 and 12 years: € 4
Until 5 years: free
17:00 Welcome / Ethiopian Snacks
18:00 Screening/Activities for children
19:30 Ethiopian diner and coffee ceremony
21:00 Tombola awards
(A parking lot located just in front of the venue is available for the first guests)