Power and Duties Power and Duties

The Ministry of Trade and Industry

 1. The Ministry of Trade and Industry shall have the powers and duties to:

a) Formulate policies that ensure sustained development and sustained competitive ness in trade and industry, and implement same upon approval by the pertinent body;

b) Create an enabling system for increased participation of the private sector; facilitate the implementation of same;

c) Promote the expansion of domestic trade and take appropriate measures to maintain lawful trade practices; lead and oversee trade relations between Regional States;

d) Create conducive environment for the expansion and promotion of the country’s export trade;

j) Undertake and submit to the Council of Ministers studies relating to prices of basic commodities and services that require price control; oversee implementation of same upon approval;

k) Encourage the establishment of chambers of commerce and sectoral associations, consumers’ associations, industry, sectoral and professional associations, and strengthen those which are already operational;

l) Coordinate the concerned enforcement bodies for the implementation of the legal metrological system of the country;

m) control the compliance of goods with the requirements of mandatory Ethiopian standards, and take measure against those found to be below the standards set for them; cause the coordinated enforcement of standards applied by other enforcement bodies;

n) Design policies, strategies and plans that help in fast-tracking industrial development; implement same upon approval by the concerned body;

o) Conduct studies and researches to facilitate the realization of plans that enhance export in industries having strategic importance; and implement same in collaboration with the relevant agencies;

p) In accordance with investment laws, create conducive environment for the participation of domestic investors in industrial development and establish system for the provision of appropriate support; establish systems to enable the institutions accountable to it to support domestic investors; and implement the same;

q) Facilitate the selection, adoption and inculcation of technology that accelerates industrial sector development; expedite the acquisition of best practices, technology transfer and skills development and general capacity building activities in industrial development;

e) establish system, in coordination with other agencies, for the provision of support to domestic investors engaged in service, agriculture and industrial sector in exporting their produces to overseas markets; and implement same;

f) In collaboration with relevant bodies, establish foreign trade relations, sign trade agreements in accordance with the law, and oversee implementation of same;

g) Control the qualities of export and import goods; prohibit the importation or exportation of goods that do not conform with the required standards;

h) Establish system to ascertain that export or import goods are traded or bought at appropriate prices; follow up same in collaboration with concerned agencies;

I) provide simple, cost effective and technology supported commercial registration and business licensing services;

r) cause the provision of assistance including industrial extension services, technology, inputs, marketing and manufacturing methods and thereby ensure growth and productivity of the industrial sector; and monitor the effectiveness thereof;

s) Establish systems of capacity building, research and inculcation to maintain quality standards and competitiveness of industrial products in international markets; oversee implementation of the same;

t) Design mechanisms to meet human resources and sustainable input provisions required in the industrial sector;

u) Work in cooperation with concerned bodies to create conditions necessary for the establishment of system for industrial input provision linkages, and implement the same;

v) Extend support to substitute import goods having strategic importance with local production; create necessary conditions for government provision of goods and services which are not supplied by the market system or are in short provisions;

w) Develop working mechanisms to create linkage between small, medium and large scale industries and facilitate effective transformation;

x) Provide support to industries so as to ensure compliance with environmental protection requirements;

y) Coordinate the collection, organization and utilization of national trade and industry data; maintain organized information system; and disseminate same to pertinent bodies;

2. The powers and duties given to the Ministry of Trade and the Ministry of Industry by provisions of other laws currently in force are hereby vested in the Ministry of Trade and Industry.