Ethiopian Legal Brief

A Directive Regulating the Issuance of Work Permit to Expats Employed in Investments and the Implementation of Knowledge and Skill Transfer from Expats to Ethiopians

Recognizing that Article 24(1) of the Investment Proclamation No.1180/2020 has provided for Ethiopian Investment Commission to provide one stop services to investors it has issued investment permits and coordinate relevant agencies;

Whereas under Article 18(1)(d) and Article 19 of the Investment Regulation No.474/2020, one of the key functions facilitated in one stop service is the employment of expats, issuance of work permit, and the transfer of knowledge and skills from expats to Ethiopian employees;

Recognizing that the Investment Proclamation and Investment Regulation have provided for basic and governing principles aimed at narrowing gaps and limitations encountered in the issuance of expat work permits and the transfer of knowledge and skills;

Realizing, further, that under Article 22(7) of the Investment Proclamation and Article 19 of the Investment Regulation, it is provided the Ethiopian Investment Commission, in collaboration and consultation with the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, shall prepare and implement a directive regulating in detail matters stated herein above;

Understanding that it is imperative to adopt a robust working procedure that allows the Commission, in collaboration and coordination with the relevant organs, to monitor, supervise and

support whether expat employees issued with work permits are actually serving in authorized work positions and within the specified enterprises in compliance with the relevant rules and regulations;

Now, therefore, in accordance with the powers vested under Article 22 of the Investment Proclamation and Article 19 of the Investment Regulation, the Ethiopian Investment Commission, in collaboration with the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, has issued this Directive.

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