Secrets of the dam builder

Africa Confidential Vol 54 No 25 | 13 December 2013
Sudan has now thrown its weight behind the Millennium Dam, at a time when curiosity about the contractor, Salini, was already growing
As Egyptian, Ethiopian and Sudanese ministers sat down to discuss the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on 9 December, one item was notably absent from the agenda. The role of Salini Costruttori SpA, the company which was awarded the contract without competitive tender, remains the subject of much speculation and mystery (AC Vol 54 No 22, A dam for all). While the three governments work out how to implement the recommendations of the still-secret report on the GERD by the International Panel of Experts, concern is being expressed about the veil of confidentiality surrounding the Italian company’s involvement.
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