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The Ministry of Trade was re-established in August 1995 under the proclamation No 4/1995 issued to provide for the definition of powers and duties of the executive organs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (FDRE). The Ministry was again reorganized with a proclamation No 411/2004 issued to amend the reorganization of the executive organs of the Federal Democratic Republic Ethiopia Proclamation No 256/2001. With this proclamation and by other laws, the Ministry has been given the power to supervise and coordinate five government institutions that are involved in the promotion & development of trade, industry and investment activities. The Ministry is organized under one minister, implementing departments, five support services, one Civil Service Reform office and trade branch office that enable the ministry to effectively perform its duties and responsibilities vested with it.




and chambers of commerce and sectoral associations
and control the use of business licenses for unauthorized purposes
and disseminate same to the concerned bodies
and strengthen those already established.
and take measure against those found to be below the standards set for them
and take measures in accordance with the law against those who export or import by under invoicing
and work in collaboration with the concerned organs
Cause the coordinated enforcement of standards applied by other enforcement bodies
Control the compliance of goods and services with the requirements of mandatory Ethiopian standards
Control the qualities of export and import goods
coordinate trade negotiations
Create conducive conditions for the promotion and development of the country's export trade and extend support to exporters
Encourage the establishment of cooperative societies
Establish a system that enable to ascertain that export or import goods are sold or bought at the appropriate price; make follow ups in collaboration with the concerned executive bodies
Establish and follow up the implementation of comprehensive system for the prevention of anticompetitive trade practices
Establish foreign trade relations
Establish the legal metrological system of the country
follow up the implementation of same
including those of consumers
organize and direct implementation review conferences
Organize the trade data of the country
prohibit the importation and exportation of goods that do not comply with the requirements of the standards
Promote the expansion of domestic trade and take appropriate measures to maintain lawful trade practices
Provide commercial registration and business licensing services
provide protection to consumers in accordance with the law
regulate its enforcement and coordinate the concerned regulatory bodies
sign and implement trade agreements
undertake and submit to the Council of Ministers price studies relating to basic commodities and services that have to be under price control and
upon approval