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The Tripartite Committee of Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt kicks off its meeting 5th round meeting here in Addis Ababa on Wednesday. It is expected to to select an international firm that that will carry out technical studies on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) in its. The international firm will take between five and 12 months to conduct studies on the dam.

In preparation for the Paris Conference on climate change to be held in December this year, the French State Minister for Development and Francophonie, Annick Girardin is visiting three East African countries including Ethiopia this week. In her visit the Minister is meeting with local

Born in 1972 in Ethiopia, Daniel Lemma left Ethiopia at a tender age to Sweden. Now based in Swedish Daniel is emerging musician/singer-songwriter who first came to fame Lemma first became in 2000 when he provided the soundtrack for Josef Fares’ film Jalla Jalla. Daniel’s music is intimately connected to what music critics say is roots music; American folk music with more ties to early blues and gospel. Recently Daniel came to his birth place Ethiopia during which time he gave Addis Standard an exclusive interview on his works, past and present. Excerpts: