16 Sept 2019
Appendix: Relevant Government Bodies in Ethiopia
Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs aims to promote effective, healthy and peaceful industrial relations, promoting social dialogue and ensuring good labour administration, with occupational safety and health services at both the national and regional level. As part of its remit, the ministry is also responsible for labour inspections at SOEs.
The Ministry of Industry aims to secure a globally competitive industrial sector – driving rapid and sustainable growth by 2023. In doing so, it will promote and expand the development of industry by creating a conducive enabling environment for the development of investment and technological capacity.
The EIC is an autonomous government institution accountable to the country’s Investment Board, which is chaired by the Prime Minister. The main services provided by EIC include: promoting the country’s investment opportunities and conditions to foreign and domestic investors; issuing investment permits, business licences and construction permits; issuing work permits and negotiating and, upon government approval, signing bilateral investment promotion and protection treaties with other countries.
The ECCSA aims to provide a platform for the private sector. It aims to play an important role in developing the economy through advocacy, trade and investment promotion and capacity building.
Ministry of Finance and Economic Development
The Ministry contributes to the development and public finance efforts of the nation. It is involved in institution building, fiscal policy, public finance management and external resource mobilisation and partnership.
The Ministry’s vision is to establish Ethiopia as a model of excellence in water resources development and become a renewable energy hub in East Africa. It hopes to play a significant role in the socio-economic development of Ethiopia through development and management of its water and energy resources in a sustainable manner.
Ministry of Transport
The Ministry of Transport initiates policies and laws for the transport sector and prepares plans and budgets. It supervises and coordinates several institutions under the transport sector, including Ethiopian Railway Corporation (ERC), Dry Port Administration (DPA), Ethiopian Airlines (EAL) and Road Transport Authority (RTA).
Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change is the lead government body responsible and legally mandated for environmental management. The vision of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change is to ensure a clean and healthy environment in Ethiopia. The Ministry is responsible in ensuring the realisation of environmental rights, goals, objectives and basic principles enshrined in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Constitution as well as the Environment Policy.
Ministry of Trade
The Ministry of Trade has been given the power to supervise and coordinate five government institutions that are involved in the promotion and development of trade, industry and investment activities. The ministry aims to secure social benefits by establishing a transparent, fair and competitive trade system and generating foreign exchange earnings.
The Ministry of Innovation & Technology aims to entrench Ethiopia with the capacities which enable rapid learning, adaptation and utilisation of effective foreign technologies by the year 2022/23. It coordinates, encourages and supports science and technology activities that align with the country’s social and economic development plan.