Some 54 percent of the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is completed, Economic Affairs Cluster Coordinator with the Rank of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Communications and Information Technology disclosed.
While touring the dam, Economic Affairs Cluster Coordinator with the Rank of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Dr. Debretsion Gebremichael, told Ethiopian News Agency that (GERD) that the construction of the dam has been executed carefully, responsibly and without interruption.
The government has given top priority to the project, which would be an engine to the industrialization of the country, he added.
A collaborative project of the public and the government, the dam is of immense use to the growth of the economy, Dr. Debretsion stressed.
General Manager of the project, Engineer Simegnew Bekele said on his part the construction of dam is progressing as per the schedule.
The project general manager noted that the construction is also contributing to transfer of knowledge and would enable Ethiopian employees to acquire the desired skill in the process.
Upon completion, the GERD will generate 6,000 megawatts.