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“We agreed for the establishment of an Egyptian industrial zone in Ethiopia,”  said Egypt’s President, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, receiving Prime Minister Hailemariam. “We also agreed for cooperation in the fields of agricultural investment, animal resources, fish farming and health.”

Ethiopian authorities are expected to provide land, utility, and telecom services while Egyptians will work on the infrastructural development such as water supply and roads inside the park, according to Meles.

The two heads of state also had discussions on how to resume the stalled talks on the hydroelectric dam, GERD, which was the highlight of the visit. The negotiations came into life at a time when regional tension is high following Sudan`s closure of its borders with Eritrea after its leaders claimed a deployment of Egyptian contingent there. Egyptian authorities have denied this allegation in private conversations with Ethiopian authorities, sources close to the talks told Fortune.

Sudan stands with Ethiopia over the realization of the dam, according to its President, Omar Al-Bashir.

“We owe Ethiopians as they fully carried the burden of constructing the dam,” he told Worqneh who had traveled to Khartoum two weeks ago.

The dam is under construction with a total projected cost of 4.8 billion dollars since 2010 and officials say it currently reached 65pc completion. Planning to start water catchment this year, the dam will generate a 6,000MW of hydroelectric power when it becomes fully operational with no less 15 turbines.

It concerns Egyptian authorities that the start of filling the dam with water affects the volume of water reaches their border. They have been searching for ways to resume the tripartite talks stalled following the refusal of Ethiopia and Sudan to approve the draft inception report by the lead consultant, BRL Ingenierie, arguing that it was prepared without considering the baseline and the terms of reference (ToR). BRL made the inception report on hydrological simulation model and environmental as well as socio-economic impact assessment of the dam.

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