The Congolese president in office of the African Union, Felix Tshisekedi, seems determined to find a solution to the problem arising from the construction of the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and which opposes Ethiopia to its neighbours, Egypt and Sudan. On Saturday, the Congolese head of state took his pilgrim’s staff to tour the three countries, starting with Sudan.
The issue of the dispute between Ethiopia and Egypt and Sudan over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is of great concern to the African Union. This is why its current chairman, the Congolese Felix Tshisekedi, flew this Saturday to Khartoum where he had a working session with a Sudanese delegation composed of the Prime Minister, Abdallah Hamdok, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mariam al-Madhi and her colleague of Irrigation and Water Resources.
On the Congolese side, the Head of State was accompanied by his Minister of Foreign Affairs, Christophe Lutundula, the coordinator of the Panel accompanying the Congolese mandate at the head of the African Union, Alphonse Ntumba Luaba, and his senior adviser at the diplomatic college, Christian Bushiri. Felix Tshisekedi then met with his Sudanese counterpart, Abdel Fattah Abdelrahmane al-Burhan, before heading to Cairo from where he will join Addis Ababa.
This move by the current Chairman of the African Union is in line with the discussions he led in Kinshasa from 4 to 6 April. It is part of the desire to find an African solution to a problem that seems insoluble for years. Begun in 2011, the project to build this gigantic dam, which is supposed to eventually produce about 6,500 megawatts to provide electricity to the 110 million Ethiopians, and even beyond, for electricity exports, is a source of great tension between Ethiopia and two other riparian countries and beneficiaries of the Nile waters: Egypt and Sudan.