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South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) today signed a crucial treaty on the Grand Inga Hydropower Project.
The Grand Inga project is expected to be the world's biggest hydroelectric project, with the potential to power half of the continent.
President Jacob Zuma made the announcement earlier today while addressing the Parliament of the DRC. He said that the treaty was a major step towards the realisation of the long cherished dream of the people of the DRC.
"It is with great pleasure that an important treaty on the Grand Inga Hydropower Project has been signed this morning. This long talked about project has got the potential to change the economic prospects of the DRC, the region and the continent."
"I must convey how particularly pleased and excited I am by the progress taking place towards the realisation of the Grand Inga Hydropower Project."
"This incredible feat of human ingenuity, when completed, will have the capacity to power Africa and indeed to export electricity beyond the continent," he said.
The government of the DRC is seeking to harness the power potential of the Congo River by building Grand Inga, the biggest hydroelectric project ever built that would use sub-Saharan Africa's greatest river.
"South Africa is extremely proud to be working so closely with the DRC in realising this accomplishment. This represents one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken on the African continent, and one which will long be a resounding symbol of the rise of Africa and her people," Zuma said.
News date: 31/10/2013