Government of Ethiopia (Addis Ababa)

7 March 2014

Ethiopia: Dr. Tedros Held Discussions With Representatives of Ethiopian Community Members in Luanda

During his visit to Angola, Dr. Tedros met with the representatives of the Ethiopian community in Luanda. He thanked them for their financial contributions to the construction of the Grand Renaissance Dam which he described as a very important project whose construction was progressing well.

Issues raised during the discussions ranged from duty-free privileges for returning members of Ethiopian Diaspora to Egyptian activities aimed at impeding the construction of the Grand Renaissance Dam. Dr. Tedros explained that investment laws and tax privileges governing the activities of business people applied equally to all. He said that Ethiopia was closely following Egypt's diplomatic activities to try to influence other countries and put pressure on Ethiopia to scale down the construction of Grand Renaissance Dam.

He said Ethiopia was continuing the construction of the Dam as all the scientific studies had concluded that the construction of the Dam would not harm the downstream countries of Sudan and Egypt. The report of the International Panel of Experts(IPOE) composed of members from Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan as well as international experts, established at Ethiopia's initiative, and specifically meant to allay the fears the downstream countries regarding the impact of the construction of the Dam, had arrived at the same conclusions.

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