The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is under construction in Ethiopia. Businesses hope it will help to solve the country's poor electricity supply.
The three countries have agreed the filling of the Nile dam should start in the wet season and proceed in stages. But they have delayed making a final agreement until later in January.
The new travel ban will restrict citizens of Nigeria, Eritrea, Sudan and Tanzania from obtaining certain visas. Those affected say the US is overstepping its bounds, while analysts are worried it will damage relations.
The three African nations have said they will continue trying to resolve a conflict over plans for a massive Ethiopian-run dam along the Nile river. The project has raised concerns about shortages of drinking water.
Chancellor Merkel met with South Africa's president to discuss how his country can move towards renewable energy to fight climate change. The pair also discusses the war in Libya and business investments in South Africa.
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