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To all Ethiopians!  Congratulations on the 10th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam;  I’d like to say we delivered.

The construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is one of the first infrastructure projects to lay the foundation for a strong economic potential for the rapid development of our country.

For us Ethiopians, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam project is a top priority because of its historical significance and economic significance.

The fact that we have laid the foundation stone of our great Nile River for power generation ten years ago with our own ideas, energy and money, and now we are moving towards the final stages of the construction process, will increase its historical significance.

In addition, the completion of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam project will significantly improve the country’s electricity supply.  Ensuring strong linkages in energy development for the lower riparian countries and the region is of great economic significance.

During the construction years, the project has been completed by identifying gaps in the implementation of the project and taking corrective measures.

Similarly, during these years, there have been widespread expressions of interest and concern about the dam;  Efforts have been made to establish transparency and reach consensus through principled negotiations on the issues raised.

From the day the foundation stone of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam was laid, the history of financial and moral support of our people at home and abroad will never be forgotten.

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