Egypt to grant South Sudan $300 mln for water projects

Egypt, already threatened by climate change, is closely watching hydro-electric dams in East Africa.

Egypt to grant South Sudan $300 mln for water projects

Egypt said on Sunday it will give the government of South Sudan $300 million for water and electricity projects as it seeks to build good will among countries along the Nile, the source of almost all of its water.

Egypt and Sudan disagree with a number of African states who in May signed an agreement to alter historic Nile water sharing arrangements. Egypt and Sudan have both rejected the agreement.

"In continuation of Egypt's successful move towards Nile Basin states, especially Sudan, the Egyptian government has allocated over $300 million as a non-refundable grant to the South Sudan government," Water Resources and Irrigation Minister Mohamed Nasreddin Allam told Reuters.

The grant will be used for building potable water complexes, drilling 30 wells for underground water, setting up river ports and upgrading electricity and water networks, he said.

South Sudan has a separate government and will vote in January whether to become a separate state.

Egypt, already threatened by climate change, is closely watching hydro-electric dams in East Africa. The river is vital for all nine countries through which it flows.

The original agreement gives Egypt the power to veto dams and other water projects in upstream countries.


Agencies

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