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Draft Mining, Govt Procurement Laws referred to Parliament for Approval

ADDIS ABABA – Mining, as well as federal government procurement and property administration draft laws, have been referred to the lower house of the Ethiopian parliament for ratification.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s cabinet made the decisions during its 19th regular session on Monday morning.

The session first deliberated on the draft federal government procurement and property administration proclamation.

The bill was prepared with a view to address bottlenecks encountered in the course of the execution of the current law, as per the PM Office.

The draft law enables authorities to develop a procurement and property system backed by technology.

It will also encourages local manufacturers to increase their productivity and boost their participation in government procurement bids, the PM Office said.

The Ministers, after adding their inputs, directed the draft proclamation to the parliament for further discussions and approval.

Monday’s Council of Ministers session discussed the draft mining proclamation that aims to promote the development of mineral resources in Ethiopia.

Authorities say the bill was drafted to develop mineral resources in a way that takes the principles of resource conservation and environmental friendliness into consideration.

The draft proclamation aims to establish a mineral resources administration regulation system to help make become efficient and globally competent.

It also envisions enabling the country to realize import substitution, enhance export trade, and job creation, the PM Office noted.

The council of ministers, after discussions, decided to refer it to the parliament for ratification.

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