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  • Ethiopia will not monopolize the water behind the Grand Renaissance Dam (formerly known as the Millennium Dam), according to the country’s Minister of Energy, Alemayehu Tegenu.  Ethiopia’s downstream neighbors have expressed concerns about the effects of the dam, with Egypt and Sudan fearing their share of Nile water will be reduced.
  • The Nile River Basin has the potential to supply enough freshwater to “provide a vibrant agricultural sector” in all 11 basin states, if “effective and inclusive water management practices” are put into place, according to a new publication launched in Addis Ababa on November 5 by the CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research)  Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF).
  • Sudanese President Omer Al-Bashir, despite demands from the International Criminal Court for his arrest for war crimes, traveled to Cairo on September 16 to meet with Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, where he reaffirmed Sudan’s support for Egypt on Nile water rights.
  • The German government is lending the Egyptian government $24.3 million USD to upgrade facilities at the High Dam in southern Egypt.
  • The pact signed last week between Israel and South Sudan to cooperate on water infrastructure and technology development has some Nile Basin countries concerned about their water security.
  • Egypt’s new prime minister, Hisham Qandil, on August 2 announced creation of a new ministry of utilities, drinking water and sanitation.
  • On the day that Egypt President Mohammed Morsi appointed former Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Hisham Kandil as the country's new Prime Minister, OOSKAnews can report that residents of seven Egyptian governorates have taken to the streets in the past few days to protest severe shortages of drinking and irrigation water throughout the country. The protests have turned violent in some areas.
  • Egypt’s newly elected president, Mohamed Morsi, will discuss a Nile water-sharing agreement with Ethiopian officials during his trip to Ethiopia next week, according to government sources.
  • Foreign investors, both public and private, have been snatching up relatively cheap land all over Africa, primarily for food production to be exported out of the most food-insecure continent in the world. However, these land grabs are not really about the land, but more about the freshwater that goes with it, according to a new report from GRAIN, an international non-profit organization that works to support small farmers and social movements in moving toward community-controlled and biodiversity-based food systems.
  • 1 Jun 2012- 00:00 by OOSKAnews Correspondent Iraq, BAGHDAD Arab League water ministers officially approved a "unified water strategy" on May 31 during a summit in Baghdad. There was further agreement to cooperate on joint management of common aquifers, and share experiences in dealing
  • 1 Jun 2012- 00:00 by OOSKAnews Correspondent CAIRO, Egypt Egypt, Sudan and Libya will use groundwater sources located along their common borders to achieve food security, according to Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamil Amr. “The Egyptian government has reached an agreement with the governments
  • 5 Mar 2012- 14:51 by OOSKAnews Correspondent CAIRO, Egypt Egypt’s Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources has developed a new strategy to protect the Nile River from pollution, Water Minister Hisham Qandil said on February 27. “The quality of water in canals has reached record lows as a result