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15 Jun 2011

Compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Gibe III dam projects in Kenya and Ethiopia, and company responses

The NGOs International Rivers, Friends of Lake Turkana (based in Kenya) and Bank Track have raised concerns that the construction of the Gibe 3 Dam in Ethiopia will "ravage the fragile ecosystems of the Lower Omo Valley in Ethiopia and Lake Turkana in Kenya, and the 500,000 poor indigenous people who depend on them". The NGOs have criticised the roles of Industrial & Construction Bank of China (ICBC), which is financing the construction, and Dongfang Electric, which is building the dam...We invited Dongfang Electric to respond; it declined. We invited ICBC to add further comments to those that it made in the CBS News report above, but it did not.