New Public Service Policy, Bills Get Cabinet Approval

ADDIS ABABA – The Council of Ministers has adopted a new public service policy that aims to develop a competency certification system for civil servants in Ethiopia.

The draft document was among the two policies proposed for cabinet approval along with several draft regulations and proclamations last Thursday.

In a statement, the Office of the Prime Minister said the Public service and Administration Policy was first to get the cabinet’s approval.

The policy was prepared based on seven pillars intending to address existing and future issues of public service delivery in Ethiopia, per the PM Office.

The policy pillars include developing a free and impartial civil service system, ensuring diversity anr inclusiveness, and implementing efficient and accessible public service delivery systems.

Creating a system to certify civil servants competence and enhance their capacity as well as building a digital civil service that enables making acceptable and reliable services and decisions, are also among the pillars.

After adding their inputs to the draft document, the council endorsed the proposed policy to be adopted. The policy has become effective as of Thursday, April 11, 2024, per the PM office.

The regular cabinet meeting also deliberated on another draft policy for Small and medium enterprises Development.

The proposed policy envisions creating an enabling environment for the formation, development and growth of SMEs in the country,

Through this policy, the government plans to support irregular businesses to grow and become major contributors to the economic development of the country, the PM office noted while announcing its approval.

The Council of Ministers also voted for the SMEs Development policy to be enacted as of Thursday.

Next, the council discussed and approved a revised regulation establishing the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).

The new regulation was prepared to make the regulatory body execute its responsibilities effectively.

The move aims to boost EPA’s capacity to implement existing environmental protection policy, laws and standards of the country as well as international agreements to which Ethiopia is a signatory.

The new regulation, particularly, “empowers the EPA to tackle pollution more effectively,” Lelise Neme, the Authority’s Director General of the EPA, said following the approval of the bill.

Bills on Quality Standards, & Metrology referred to lawmakers

An Ethiopian Standards bill was the first of the two draft Proclamations referred to the House of Peoples’ Representatives for ratification.

It will provide a legal framework to set and regulate quality standards of locally made products and production processes as well as commodities and services that the nation exports and imports.

It also allows the implementation of the standards across the nation through the coordination of accountable regulatory bodies, per the PM Office.

The ministerial council also directed a draft national metrology proclamation.

This law aims to protect public health and safety by ensuring the accuracy of meters and instruments used in service delivery related to business transactions, security, environmental protection and health.

Having this proclamation compatible with international laws would play a key role in enhancing the integration of Ethiopia with global trade, the PM Office stated.

The ministers added their inputs to the propsed law before referring it to parliament for further discussions and ratification.

This decision was followed by the approval of a regulation to form a national Metrology Institute.

The ministers endorsed a decree to establish the institute that will provide up-to-date services in the area of metrology, calibration and scientific instruments.

It will engage in research and development, as well as provision of consultancy and training services, according to the PM Office.

More Draft Regulations Gets Approved

The cabinet meeting also saw a revised regulation on the organizational structure, duties and responsibilities of Refugees and Returnees Affairs Service.

The revised regulation would enable the agency to conduct its activities in a more efficient manner.

It will also allow the RRA to oversee the protection, support and care offered for refugees and returnees on the basis of international agreements and conventions that Ethiopia is a party to, per the PM Office.

In the same session, the ministers also approved draft regulations establishing the Ethiopian National Accreditation Office (ENAO), and Ethiopian Conformity Assessment Enterprise.

All newly endorsed regulations will become effective as of the date of their publication in the Negarit Gazette, an official federal government law Gazette for the publication of all Federal laws.

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