Ministry Embarks on E-tax Services

Jan 16 , 2024

A massive expansion of e-tax system was announced by the Ministry of Revenues last week, as part of an ongoing effort to digitise the entire services provided across tax bureaus. Late and advance payments, partial document filing and audit findings within the Ministry's purview will be given through the digital platform. The Ministry gave a month-long window for taxpayers to submit their list of employees, contact addresses and other relevant information to their designated tax offices. A  simultaneous digitisation campaign at the Ministry of Regional Trade & Integration comes live, as import-export permits are provided through the e-trade system as of two weeks ago. Fayda, the national digital ID project that received a 350 million dollar boost from the World Bank last month, will be integrated into most government services in the next two years.


Ethiopian Seafarers Contribute $50m Annually in Remittances

Ethiopian Maritime Authority disclosed 50 million dollars in annual remittances from seafarers deployed internationally. Abdulber Shemsu, the director general of the Authority, said Ethiopia's membership in the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), establishes global standards and guidelines for safe, secure, and environmentally sustainable shipping practices. With 176 member countries and three associate member countries, including Ethiopia, the IMO provides a framework for ensuring...


AfDB Launches $1.5m Initiative to Propel Agro-Industrial Parks

A 1.5 million dollar initiative for the development of three Agro-industrial parks was commenced last week. Financed by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the project includes feasibility studies, a master plan, and an environmental and social impact assessment. The Phase Two project, which includes capacity building for stakeholders, was initiated last week with an agreement between Semereta Sewasew, state minister for Finance and Gunther Beger, managing director of UNIDO. Semereta said...


Cabinet Approves Public Service Legislation

Council of Ministers has unanimously approved the legislation that aims to raise the competency and professionalism of public service in the country. The Federal Civil Servants Proclamation is pending ratification from Parliament. The decision was made during the 30th meeting of the Cabinet last week, which follows the ratification of the public service and administrative policy. Currently, the 176 federal agencies within 22 ministries, collectively employ around two million people. The polic...