- Ethiopia is building the largest hydro-electric dam in Africa
- The country says the $5bn Grand Renaissance Dam is funded entirely by the government and its people
- Neighboring Sudan and Egypt fear that the dam will affect their water supply
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(CNN)It's called the Grand Renaissance Dam -- and the clue is in the name.
If the Grand Renaissance Dam and other hydroelectric projects, such as the Gibe III dam on the Omo river, are completed on time, The World Bank estimates Ethiopia could earn $1 billion a year from electricity exports. Negatu says that this would make the country the largest exporter of power in Africa, and second only to South Africa when it comes to installed capacity.