Back to the complete issue
Monday, 4 January 2021

New year, new GERD talks

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan will hold a week-long round of negotiations in another attempt to finally find a breakthrough in the long-deadlocked talks over the future of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said yesterday following a meeting between the countries’ foreign and water ministers. The ministry called for an agreement to be reached before Addis Ababa begins the second phase of filling the reservoir in August while Sudan believes a pact can be reached before South Africa’s chairing of the AU ends at the end of January. Talks have been on hold since Sudan walked away from the table in November and called for the African Union to take on a bigger role as a mediator.

Meanwhile in the US of A: The Donald has been caught trying to subvert democratic norms in a tape published by the Washington Post during which he pressures a Georgia Republican official to “find” him extra votes to hand him the state. Understandably this is causing quite a commotion in the US press: NYT | WSJ | CNN. And all 10 living former defense secretaries have come out in the Post to warn Trump against using the military during the democratic transition of power.

Enterprise is a daily publication of Enterprise Ventures LLC, an Egyptian limited liability company (commercial register 83594), and a subsidiary of Inktank Communications. Summaries are intended for guidance only and are provided on an as-is basis; kindly refer to the source article in its original language prior to undertaking any action. Neither Enterprise Ventures nor its staff assume any responsibility or liability for the accuracy of the information contained in this publication, whether in the form of summaries or analysis. © 2022 Enterprise Ventures LLC.

Enterprise is available without charge thanks to the generous support of HSBC Egypt (tax ID: 204-901-715), the leading corporate and retail lender in Egypt; EFG Hermes (tax ID: 200-178-385), the leading financial services corporation in frontier emerging markets; SODIC (tax ID: 212-168-002), a leading Egyptian real estate developer; SomaBay (tax ID: 204-903-300), our Red Sea holiday partner; Infinity (tax ID: 474-939-359), the ultimate way to power cities, industries, and homes directly from nature right here in Egypt; CIRA (tax ID: 200-069-608), the leading providers of K-12 and higher level education in Egypt; Orascom Construction (tax ID: 229-988-806), the leading construction and engineering company building infrastructure in Egypt and abroad; Moharram & Partners (tax ID: 616-112-459), the leading public policy and government affairs partner; Palm Hills Developments (tax ID: 432-737-014), a leading developer of commercial and residential properties; Mashreq (tax ID: 204-898-862), the MENA region’s leading homegrown personal and digital bank; and Industrial Development Group (IDG) (tax ID:266-965-253), the leading builder of industrial parks in Egypt.