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Environmental concerns in East Africa

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Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Environmental concerns in East Africa

The World Bank has approved funding credit for a major transmission line that would link Kenya to the controversial Gilgel Gibe III dam site in southern Ethiopia, pushing back against months of calls by local and international rights and environmental groups to keep out of the project. The move has been criticized by some observer as the bank had already refused to fund the Gibe III dam itself, citing a lack of transparency. The African Development Bank and the European Investment Bank had similarly pulled out, although the project has been going forward due to backing by the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China.
Some have accused the World Bank of turning a blind eye to accusations of abuse and environmental concerns surrounding Gibe III in order to be able to fund the transmission line, for which the bank is offering 684 million dollars.

Source: All africa