Our Goal is to draw most Ethiopians for the common purpose, which is to see the grand millennium project finished on its scheduled time, for the benefit of all Ethiopians” "Poverty and hunger will not be our trade mark; we should stand with unity to change our name tag "famine and poverty" with prosperity.
The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) — initially known as The Millennium Dam, and sometimes referred to as Hidasse Dam (Hidasse, Amharic for Renaissance) — was officially launched with the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi groundbreaking on April 2, 2011. This new gravity dam, which is currently under construction on the Blue Nile River, will generate 6,000 MW of electric power, and is estimated to cost about $5 Billion USD; and will be fully funded by the Ethiopian government and its people. The dam project is located in the Benishangul-Gumuz Region of Western Ethiopia, just 40 km (25 mi) from the Sudan border, and is expected to be fully completed in 2015. When completed, the dam, with a reservoir capacity of 63 Billion cubic meters, will be the largest hydroelectric power plant in Africa, and the 13th largest in the world.