Black Congressional Caucus stated its position on the Grand Renaissance Dam showing its support towards Ethiopia. The Caucus stated that it believes the dam will provide electricity for not just Ethiopia but its neighboring countries as well. The Caucus also called out the Trump administration and World Bank on exposing Ethiopia to political games and foreign influence and stated that they must respect the 2015 Khartoum treaty.
The Black Congressional Caucus called on the AU to play the vital role in the negotiation of the three countries concerning the dam. The dam is believed to increase economic advantage and food supply to the surrounding countries. Egypt, with its rapidly growing population relies entirely for its fresh water supply on the Nile and the dam will only increase that supply. Ethiopia is also facing threat from draught caused by locust invasion that caused 20% of the population to food security issues.
Jesse Jackson, known for his human rights activism, requested the CBC to oppose Egypt’s letter to the UN Security Council months ago stating that Egypt is using the US administration and World Bank to pressure 11 countries to accept colonial treaties. Vanessa Williams, through a webinar, stated her willingness to work as a voluntary ambassador concerning issues of the dam.
Following this and more, many Medias are reporting Egypt’s fight against the Grand Renaissance Dam as a defeat. The country backed out from the negotiations during the previous week which will make the filling of the dam before the come to terms inevitable. China, through its veto power, declined Egypt’s paper to the UN Security Council stating that an African issue requires an African resolution.