GERD 42 percent complete


Engineer Simegnew Bekele, Project Manager of the GERD, said that the project of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is progressing well.
He said all the project’s activities are progressing healthily. “We are mobilizing all the people, nations and nationalities of Ethiopia, including the Ethiopian Diaspora,” said Simegnew.  
Ethiopia is now harnessing its potential for renewable energy to fight against poverty and improve the lives and livelihoods of its people, added Simegnew.
“This is a green energy; and this supports other renewable energy; and Ethiopia is the power hub; we have tremendous natural resources. So, we are now exploiting; we are now harnessing this potential to improve lives and livelihoods of individuals,” he noted.  
“This is our primary agenda, number one agenda for our country; this is a project which is equipping us to fight poverty, our common enemy. The government has devised a strategy to improve the lives and livelihoods of individuals, the citizens. And we have already started developing infrastructures that allow us to fight poverty,” he said.
He added that, “At the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam hydroelectric project on November 28, 2014 we have already placed 16,949 m3 of concrete, which is roller compacted concrete,” he stated
Bereket Simon, Policy Study and Research Advisor to the Prime Minister, said on Sunday that the project is progressing on schedule.
“It is amazing; right now it has reached around 42 percent.We are right on the schedule in all fronts; the clearing of the bushes, the forest has been done well; construction, filling of the Dam have been done also according to plan,” he said.