ADDIS ABABA- The Council of Ministers passed various draft regulations and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy during its session on Saturday.
The draft policy was the first of the three agendas that the Council deliberated on in its session chaired by the PM Abiy Ahmed.
– New Policy –
Ethiopia adopted its Science, Technology and Innovation Policy in 2012 which focused on the use, replication and adaptation of technologies for medium and large manufacturing and service providing institutions.
Despite some gains, studies, however, indicated its impact has not been effective enough in terms of bringing about fundamental changes, said the Office of the Prime Minister in a statement.
It has, therefore, become crucial to develop another policy that provides special attention for the development of domestic technology, innovation and improving the technological capabilities of enterprises as well as strengthening their linkages with productivity.
In addition to agriculture and manufacturing, tourism, mining and ICT should also be supported by technology and innovation as a basis for national prosperity and development.
As per these needs, a draft policy has been developed and submitted to the council.
After an in depth discussion and adding the inputs gained from the discussion, the Council approved the new policy and its implementation.
– 11 draft Regulations-
The council then discussed and ratified the draft regulations to determine the organization, powers and functions of eleven federal institutions.
The institutions are Ethiopian Technology Authority, Ethiopian Space Science and Geospatial Institute, Federal Civil Service Commission, Ethiopian Agriculture Authority, and Ethiopian Forest Development Authority,
The other six agencies are Animal Development Institute, Veterinary Institute, Manufacturing Industry Development Institute, Ethiopian Geological Institute, Institute of Mining Industry Development and Artificial Intelligence Institute.
The 11 regulations will become effective starting from the date they got published in the Negarit Gazette, said the PM office.
Reform at NISS
The council, in its final discussion, deliberated on a bill that amended the National Intelligence and Security Service Establishment Proclamation no 804/2013.
The NISS is taking various reforms as per a direction put forward by the government and, therefore, registering significant results, said the PM Office.
The new bill is prepared to bridge legal gaps found in the ongoing reform process at the institution, it added
The bill was presented for the Council of ministers.during its Saturday’s session.
After discussing in depth and adding its inputs, the council has directed the bill to the lower house of the Ethiopian parliament for ratification.