Foreign Minister Dr Tedros Adhanom opened on Monday (March 30) a Scholars’ consultation Symposium in Addis Ababa. The Symposium aimed at discussing on the progress of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). The occasion was part of the fourth anniversary of the beginning of construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. In his opening remarks, Foreign Minister Dr. Tedros Adhanom, as a Guest of Honor, congratulated all Ethiopians on this fourth anniversary of the start of the GERD. The Dam, he said, enhanced Ethiopia’s national consensus and was building up the country’s image internationally. Dr. Tedros, who noted the continuous double digit economic development of Ethiopia over more than a decade, reiterated that its development progress was now regarded as promising and impressive. The Foreign Minister said that these developments needed power and that was why the Government had started the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). This was now over 40% complete. Dr. Tedros noted that the Dam was a national effort and it was crucial that all sectors were contributing, including scholars in such a Symposium. Dr. Tedros welcomed the active participation of the participants. The Minister also briefed the Symposium on the Declaration of Principles signed last week between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan, describing it as an example of a win-win principle for cooperation.