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The System of Inter-Governmental Relations in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia’s Determination Proclamation No. 1231-2021

PROCLAMATION NO.1231 /2021
A PROCLAMATION ISSUED TO DETERMINE THE SYSTEM OF INTER-GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS IN THE FEDERAL DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF ETHIOPIA


WHEREAS, since our country, Ethiopia, subscribes to the system of the federal and democratic state organization, it has been found necessary to clearly provide for the regular inter-governmental relations that would be instrumental to facilitate the carrying out of multi-sectoral development and good governance activities by integrating and combining the capabilities of all the bodies at each and every level in an appropriate way instead of conducting isolated efforts so that it would be possible to bring about sustainable peace, ensure a reliable democracy, continue the rapid social and economic development as well as build one political and economic community thereof;

WHEREAS, although the individual and collective Powers and Responsibilities of both the Federal and State Governments have been duly identified and set out in the constitution by virtue of the federal system of state organization in operation, it is believed that the governments at each level need to be backed by a cooperative relations framework that would assist them perform the tasks separately vested in them in joint collaboration and with one another beyond those Powers and Duties assigned to them collectively and thereby effectively function by having formulated shared policies and strategies, where deemed appropriate;

WHEREAS, in view of the fact that mutual consultations conducted and cooperative agreements concluded as between and among governments within the system of the federal state organization emanate from the inherent nature of the system itself, it is essential to put in place the procedure through which the system is to be strengthened from time to time by holding and entrenching the common ideals and values which are of paramount importance for the sustainability of same;

WHEREAS, in order to maintain the strengths noticed and fill the gaps encountered or likely to be encountered as the result of the mutual consultations which have so far proceeded between the Federal Government and the Regional States as well as the State Governments themselves, the creation of a strong and principle-based mode of cooperation as between the levels of government and their respective institutions would have a significant contribution for the healthy development and continuity of the federal system;

WHEREAS, at the time when each and every government formulates and executes its own plan in a bid to discharge the power and responsibility bestowed upon it, so that it may not incur duplication of expense and wastage of time due to its unilateral effort, and in connection with the changing and growing needs of clients seeking for the service, it has been appropriate to narrow the gap and quality differences prevailing between them and bring about proximate performance between them by formulating common service delivery standards and lay down newer working procedures as well as undertake experience-sharing exchanges involving the regions;

WHEREAS, it is to facilitate this, necessary to enact and implement an autonomous law in which the system of inter-governmental relations is to be guided accordance with Article 55(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, it is hereby proclaimed as follows:;

PART ONE GENERAL PROVISIONS

  1. Short Title
    This Proclamation may be cited as “The System of Inter-Governmental Relations in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia’s Determination Proclamation No. 1231/ 2021”.
  2. Definitions
    Unless the context requires otherwise, in this Proclamation:
    1/ “Region” shall mean any Region specified under Art. 47 of the Constitution and may, for the prpuse of this proclamation, include the Addis Ababa City and the Dire Dawa Administrations.

2/ “State” or “States” shall, as appropriate, describe either the Federal or Regional states.

3/ “Inter-Governmental Relations” shall mean any form of mutual interaction exercised vertically or horizontally between the Federal and Regional states or between and among the Regional States themselves, as deemed necessary, in pursuance of this proclamation.

4/ ‟Relations Forum” shall mean the National Legislative Bodies Relations’ Forum, the National Executives’ Relations’ Forum, the National Judicial Bodies Relations’ Forum, the National Sectoral Executive Relations’ Forums, the House of Federation and the Regional States Relations’ Forum or the Regional States Relations’ Forum, whichever may be appropriate.
5/“National Executives Sectoral Relations’ Forums” shall, in addition to the Office of the Auditor General, include any forum established by any of the Federal executive sectoral offices and their counterparts in the regions, law enforcement and such other institutions as are entrusted with carrying out similar functions within the regional government setup in an effort to conduct mutual consultations on those outstanding issues interconnecting them pursuant to this Proclamation.
6/ “Framework Powers” shall mean a system of distribution of powers in which similar powers and responsibilities have been mandated to both the Federal and Regional States in a range of some power spheres which is designed to ensure that the governmental policies and laws which the Regional States issue are in conformity with those enacted on the part of the Federal State.
7/ “Secretariat” is a body entrusted with the undertaking of the administrative and technical functions with a view to coordinating and accelerating the tasks concerning inter-governmental relations in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

8/ Any expression in the masculine gender includes the feminine.

  1. Scope of Application
    1/ This proclamation shall be applicable to the relations exercised between the Federal and Regional States as well as those between and among the Regional States themselves.

2/ Without prejudice to the general provision stipulated in Sub-Art. (1) of this Article hereof, the key inter-governmental relations and institutions to which the proclamation is to specifically apply shall be the following as indicated here-below:
A. Vertical relations between the Federal and Regional State legislatures carried out through the instrumentality of the National Legislatives Forum;
B. Vertical relations between the Federal and Regional Executives carried out through the instrumentality of the National Executives Forum;

C. Vertical relations between the Federal and State judicial bodies carried out through the instrumentality of the National Judicial Forum;
D. With the Offices of the Federal and Regional Auditor General included, sector-driven relations between the Federal State sector executive bodies and their counterparts in the Regional States, separately carried out through the instrumentality of the National Sector Executives Forum;
E. All-embracing and sector-driven relations between or among the Regional States horizontally carried out through the instrumentality of two or more or all separate or collective Regional forums, depending on the vastness and depth of the agenda;
F. Federal and State relations carried out through the instrumentality of the House of Federation and Regional States’ Forum;
G. Any other relations carried out in pursuance of this proclamation, jointly organized forums as well as additional arrangements to be structured with a view to facilitating the conduct of such relations, as deemed necessary.

PART TWO FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES

  1. Fundamental Principles
    Inter-Governmental relations between the Federal State and Regional States as well as among the Regional States conducted with one another on the basis of this Proclamation shall be carried out in strict adherence to and observance of the following principles:
    1/ Respect for the supremacy of the constitution
    2/ Equality and mutual respect; 3/ Consultation and negotiation;
    4/ Collaboration common understanding 5/ Transparency and accountability;
    6/ Participation and effectiveness
    7/ Fostering or developing the national visions and values.
    PART THREE ESTABLISHMENT OF INTER-
    GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS THEIR INSTITUTIONAL SETUP AND FUNCTIONS
  2. Establishment
    The system of regular Inter-Governmental Relations in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, hereinafter referred to as the ‘Inter- Governmental Relations System’, is hereby established as per this Proclamation.
  3. Institutional Arrangement of the System
    The bodies to be in charge of the system of inter- governmental relations are established in a manner indicated herein-below:

1/ The National Legislatives’ Relations Forum;

2/ The National Executives Relations’ Forum; 3/ The National Judicial Relations’ Forum;

4/ The National Sectoral Executives Relations’ Forum;

5/ The House of Federation and Regional States Relations’ Forum; and;
6/ The Regional Relations Forum;
SUB-PART ONE
THE NATIONAL LEGISLATIVES RELATIONS’ FORUM

  1. Membership Composition of the Forum
  2. The National Legislatives Relations’ Forum shall have the following members:
    A/ Speaker of the House of People’s Representatives;
    B/ Speaker of the House of Federation;
    C/ Speakers of the Regional States ,Addis Abeba and Dire Dawa Adminstrations;
    D/ Speakers of the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples as well as the Harari Nationality Councils;
  3. The forum may extend invitations to the chair-persons of the Standing committees of both the Federal and Regional Councils and other bodies whom it considers vital so that they would participate in its sessions, be it in the capacity of a member or expert, as deemed appropriate.
  4. Duties and Responsibilities of the Forum
    The National Legislatives Relations’ Forum shall, pursuant to this Proclamation, have the following specific Duties and Responsibilities:

1/ Cause the enactment of laws which are harmonized and complementing with one another with a view to enabling one to execute the Powers and Functions vested in both the Federal and Regional States Separately and collectively by virtue of the constitution, follow up and evaluate their implementation thereof;
2/ Carry out consultations and assist a given level of government in the achievement of a common understanding before it moves to materialize its legislative competence so that its action may not adversely affect the other hierarchy of Power as well as insure the implementation of such precaution;
3/ Upon prior deliberation on those issues having cross-national implications, cause the enactment of laws that would enable to insure the common interests of the people, strengthen co-existence, closely follow up the implementation of those legislations provided for in an effort to achieve nation-building as well as bring about harmonization of one with the other by rectifying the contrast between the laws enacted or to be enacted on the part of the Federal State and Regional States;
4/ See to it that a common understanding be created in respect of laws, policies and strategies of the Federal Government so that there may exist proximity at the level of implementation;
5/ Insure that the agreements concluded between the executive bodies are in compliance with the constitutional provisions, oversee the implementation and performance of those joint executive deals, take or cause the taking of corrective measures;
6/ Coordinate the activities of members of the House of People’s Representatives and Regional Councils reaching out to their respective electoral communities with a view to discharging their Duties and Responsibilities so that they would engage in an integrated and collaborative manner and thereby follow up the implementation thereof;
SUB-PART TWO
THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVES RELATIONS’ FORUM

  1. Membership Composition of the Forum
  2. The National Executives Relations’ Forum shall have the following members:
  3. The Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia;
  4. Heads of Governments of the Nine Regional States;
  5. Mayors of the Addis Ababa City and the Dire Dawa Administrations;
  6. The Minister of the Finance;
  7. The Minister of Peace;
  8. The National Planning Commission;
  9. Attorney General.

2/ The forum may extend invitations to the heads of other Federal and Regional institutions whom it considers vital so that they would participate in its sessions, be it in the capacity of a member or expert, as deemed appropriate.

  1. Duties and Responsibilities of the Forum
    The National Executive Bodies Relations’ Forum shall, in pursuance of this proclamation, have the following specific Duties and Responsibilities:
    1/ Having become the Highest organ in charge of the overall relations between the Federal State and the Regional Executive bodies, carry out discussions and consultations on those issues pertaining to the two levels of government as well as policy proposals of national significance and matters of general character;
    2/ Conduct discussions and consultative deliberations on the nation-wide policies, strategies, programs and plans, cause the creation of a common understanding on vital issues, monitor the implementation of the memoranda of agreements reached in an integrated way, evaluate and manage same
    3/ Deliberate on the sustainable peace, democracy, good governance as well as rapid and fair socio-economic development issues having cross-national implications and thereby generate recommendations instrumental to deal with such difficulties as may be encountered thereto;
    4/ Formulate a joint implementation strategy with a view to facilitating the materialization of the concurrent powers and responsibilities equally vested in the Federal State and Regional States by virtue of the constitution, evaluate and direct same;
    5/ Where there are encountered issues which are cross-sectoral and have not obtained solutions at the level of the sectoral executive forums, carry out consultations on such matters as well as provide support and follow-up thereof;
    6/ Carry out consultations with the Regional States as well as listen to their respective views and opinions in connection with the enforcement of those Powers and Responsibilities of the Federal Government that would affect the competence of the regions;
    7/ Carry out consultations on the performance of those institutions rendering services across the nation as well as discuss and deliberate on the issue of cost-sharing in respect of the Federal Government functions which the Regional States are bound to undertake through delegation and provide instructions to that effect;
    8/ Discuss, conduct consultations, reach consensus and pass crucial decisions on the policy implementation and strategic issues pertaining to inter-governmental relations;
    9/ Follow up gender mainstraiming in all inter- governmental relations.
    SUB-PART THREE
    THE NATIONAL JUDICIAL RELATIONS’ FORUM
  2. Membership Composition of the Forum
    1/ The National Judicial Relations’ Forum shall have the following members:
    President of the Federal Supreme Court; Presidents of the Regional State Supreme Courts.

2/ The forum may extend invitations to the personnel from among the Federal and Regional Judicial bodies or other institutions whom it considers vital so that they would participate in its sessions, be it in the capacity of a member or expert informant, as deemed appropriate.

  1. Duties and responsibilities of the Forum While the existing justice and judicial consultative bodies previously established in respect of the concurrent jurisdiction of courts and power delegation provided for under Art. 80 of the constitution will remain operational in their present state, the forum organized in accordance with this proclamation, shall have the following specific Duties and Responsibilities :
    1/ Deliberate on and work out common strategies on methods in which the judicial organ ecomes technology-assisted, efficient, accessible and capable of meeting the satisfaction of the community seeking for its service by having revisited and improved same from time to time;

2/ Hold discussions on the issues which are pivotal to insure the rule of law and primacy of justice and follow the implementation thereof;
3/ Carry out consultations in such a way as to realize the existence of a harmonized interpretation of the federal laws at the level of the Regional States and thereby take measures of solution to that end;
4/ Strive towards the building up of the independent and impartial judicial system having earned the trust of the public at large;
5/ Carry out discussions in respect of the federal judicial powers given through delegation and other administrative matters in connection therewith and devise implementation mechanism thereof;
6/ Cause the integrated implementation of the capacity and other reform programs and thereby issue Directives;

7/ Deliberate and discuss on such other issues as are related to further strengthen the justice and judicial system.
SUB-PART FOUR
THE NATIONAL SECTORAL EXECUTIVE RELATIONS’ FORUM

  1. Membership Composition of the Forum
    1/ The National Sectoral Executive Relations’ Forum shall have the following members:
  2. Heads of each and every Federal Sectoral Executive Offices;
  3. Heads of the Nine Regional States’ as well as the Addis Ababa City and the Dire Dawa Administration Sectoral Offices.

2/ The forum may extend invitations to the Representatives of other bodies or Institutions whom it considers necessary so that they would participate in its sessions, be it in the capacity of a member or informant.

  1. Duties and Responsibilities of the Forum
    The forum shall, pursuant to this Proclamation, have the following specific duties and responsibilities:
    1/ Jointly carry out consultations on the outstanding issues in respect of the nation- wide interests pertaining to each and every sector;
    2/ Deliberate on the preparation and
    implementation of the sector-driven policies, strategies and plans of the Federal
    Government pertaining to the powers, interests and wishes of the Regional States as well as listen to the views and opinions which the Regional States forward thereto;
    3/ Create the system in which the long, medium and short-term plans and programs prepared as regards the execution of the collective and framework powers are integrated and intertwined as well as cause its implementation in collaboration with one another;
    4/ Carry out discussions on the quality of service delivery and the level of performance of each and every sector as well as formulate collective mechanisms thereof;
    5/ Deliberate on the preparation, implementation, follow-up and evaluation of the sector-driven nation-wide plans and programs to be executed at the regional level;
    6/ Collectively devise and hold consultations on ways in which the exchange of best experiences is undertaken with a view to making the levels of performance closer with one another and follow up the implementation thereof;
    7/ Collectively devise a peer-evaluation system that would enable one to bring the performance results which are registered in the Regional States to a similar level, carry out consultations on the method of its application and thereby follow up the implementation thereof;
    8/ Discuss, as deemed necessary, on such other related affairs as might strengthen the sectoral duties and render Directives thereto
  2. Establishment of the Joint Forum
    Two or more Sectoral Executive Bodies Relations’ Forums shall, should they find necessary, have the right to establish a grand forum or council in which they are embraced provided that they may determine its specific duties and responsibilities in pursuance of the spirit contained in the provisions of this Proclamation.
    SUB-PART FIVE

THE HOUSE OF FEDERATION AND THE REGIONAL STATES RELATIONS’ FORUM

  1. Membership Composition of the Forum
    1/The House of Federation and the Regional States Relations’ Forum shall have the following members:
    A. Speaker of the House of Federation;
    B. Speakers of the Regional States;
    C. Heads of Governments of the Regional States;
    D. Mayors of Addis Abeba and DireDawa Regional States;
    E. The Minister of Finance;
    F. Minister of Peace;
    G. Minster of Customs.
    2/ The forum may extend invitations to the representatives of other bodies or institutions whom it considers necessary so that they would participate in its sessions, be it in the capacity of a member or informant.
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  2. Duties and Responsibilities of the Forum
    The House of Federation and the Regional States Relations’ Forum shall, pursuant to this proclamation, have the specific duties and responsibilities:
    1/ Discuss on the amount and distribution of subsidy which the Federal Government is bound to grant to the Regional states and the sharing of the joint revenues assigned to both the Federal and State Governments by virtue of the constitution and thereby facilitate the condition in which create mutual understanding as between them;
    2/ Hold consultations on the fundamental issues that would enable to strengthen the unity and mutual interests of nations, nationalities and peoples, as well as, in prior discussion on the tendencies of interactions noticeable between and among them, provide recommendations beneficial for the executive bodies at all levels;

3/ Carry out discussions in view of the handling of nations-nationalities with special attention to the minority communities, scale up the best experiences available, should there exist difficulties in such handling, devise mechanisms in which they would be resolved without delay as well as closely follow up the implementation and render support thereof;
4/ Deliberate on the causes that might trigger conflicts between the Regional States and various communities and their disposal, should there be such conflicts and misunderstandings created and settled before, formulate a mechanism that would enable to rectify same in such a way as not to create a lasting contradiction and further strengthen fraternal ties between them and thereby follow up its implementation thereof.
SUB-PART SIX
THE REGIONAL STATES RELATIONS’ FORUM

  1. Membership Composition of the Forum
    1/ The Regional States Joint Relations’ Forum shall have the following members:
    A/ Speakers of the Regional States;

B/ Heads of Governments of all the Regional States;
C/ Mayors and House of Speakers of the Addis Ababa City and Dire Dawa Administrations.
2/ The forum may extend invitations to the representatives of other bodies or institutions whom it considers necessary so that they would participate in its sessions, be it in the capacity of a member or informant.

  1. Duties and Responsibilities of the Forum
    The Regional States Joint Relations’ Forum shall, pursuant to this Proclamation, have the following specific Duties and Responsibilities:
    1/ Evaluate the positive and adverse bearing which the implementation of the Nation-wide policies, strategies and plans has caused or to cause on the Regional States and submit amendment proposals to the Federal Government, as deemed necessary;
    2/ Put in place a procedure in which a consensus might be reached to the extent that a case having been determined by one Regional State shall also apply to other Regions and thereby follow up the implementation thereof;
    3/ Devise a joint mechanism for the existence of proximity of performance in respect of development, good governance as well as the handling and protection of the fundamental human rights and freedoms and facilitate conditions for sharing experiences there-from;
    4/ Deliberate on those issues requiring the special attention of the Federal Government, notify the common position arrived at to the pertinent body and thereby follow up its implementation thereof;
    5/ Cause the formulation of programs and projects that would have the significance of interconnecting regions and enable to resolve cross-boundary predicaments, discuss the vitality of such programs and projects and henceforth convey its recommendation to the appropriate body.
  2. Establishment of various Forums
    Two or more neighbouring Regional States shall have the right to establish joint forums made up of the Heads of Governments or those of the Sectoral Executive Offices, as deemed necessary.The specific duties and responsibilities of these forums shall be determined in the future pursuant to this Proclamation.
    PART FOUR
    MEETING TIME AND DECISION-MAKING PROCEDURE PERTAINING TO INTER- GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS
  3. Relational Dynamics
    Inter-governmental structures and functions shall be led in an integrated manner pursuant to the working mechanism as follows:
    1/ The National Executive and Judicial Bodies Relations’ Forums shall submit requests which they may have in respect of their performance challenges faced and those matters requiring regulatory treatment to the Legislative Inter- Governmental Relations’ Forum.
    2/ The National Inter-Governmental Relations’ Secretariat shall, by having followed up the effectiveness of the forums, conducted exploratory studies pertaining to the relations, prepared performance reports and incorporated amendment proposals therewith, submit same to the National Executive Bodies Relations’ Forum.
    3/ The National Legislative Bodies Relations’ Forum, on its part, shall , where it has found that the report transferred to it from the National Executive Bodies Relations’ Forum is concerned with the justice and judicial system, cause same to be communicated to the National Judicial Bodies Relations’ Forum.
    22.Procedures of Transparency and Accountability
    As the inter-governmental relations regulated in accordance with this Proclamation are to be carried out in a manner implement the methods indicated here-below:
    1/ They shall, through the mass media, release official statements to the public as to the nature of the matters governed by their relations
    2/ Inter-governmental relations’ forums shall, after having conducted mutual consultations with one another, sign the memoranda of understandings indicative of their agreements reached on the crucial issues of their common concern, decisions passed and implementation thereof, not to mention that they shall also communicate such an agreement to their respective councils.
    3/ The Sectoral Executives Relations’ Forums shall, in respect of their performance, submit reports to the National Executives Relations’ Forum.
    4/ With regard to those bodies which are reluctant to implement the decisions passed at various levels, they shall, as appropriate, report to the Heads of Governments in an opposite setup and to the Prime Minister and thus have proper corrective measures taken against them on time, not to mention that they shall expose the matter through the mass media, as well.
  4. Framing and Presentation of the Discussion Agenda
    1/ The topical issues to be tabled for discussion by the forums of inter-governmental relations shall be those which have been the subject of prior consultations and agreed-upon on the part of the pertinent bodies in advance.
    2/ Both the Federal and Regional bodies shall, while structuring the discussion agenda, have equal opportunity to participate thereto.
    3/ The secretariats shall coordinate the process whereby the agenda are structured.
  5. Presiding Over Meetings
  6. All meetings of any forum of inter- governmental relations shall be conducted by means of collective leadership.
  7. Federal State and the Regional States in their vertical relations shall be presided or chaired by the managing heads of the pertinent Federal Government Offices and their Regional State counterparts on rotational basis.
  8. Meeting Time and Decision-Making Procedure
    1/ The forum of inter-governmental relations shall hold its ordinary meetings once in 6 (six) months; provided, however, that it may not be barred from conducting emergency sessions, as deemed necessary.
    2/ There shall be a quorum where two-thirds of the members of the forum show up at the meeting.

3/ All matters submitted to and discussed at the relations’ forum shall, pending decision, be made to obtain final disposition to the extent possible.
4/ Where no recommendation has been transformed into a lasting decision either by consensus or through negotiation, it shall obtain its final determination by a three- fourth vote of those members of the forum present at the meeting.
PART FIVE ESTABLISHMENT AND FUNCTIONS OF THE
NATIONAL INTER-GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS’ SECRETARIAT AND OTHER OFFICES

  1. Establishment and Accountability of the Secretariat
    1/ There is hereby established a body to be known as the ‘Secretariat’ and charged with coordinating and accelerating the efforts regarding inter-governmental relations at the national level as well as carrying out professional and technical activities, as per this Proclamation.
    2/ The Secretariat shall be accountable to the National Executive Bodies Relations’ Forum (Prime Minster) .
    3/ The Federal State and the Regional States shall, with a joint agreement, assign the appointees to head the secretariat.
    4/ The Secretariat shall have its own experts and other employees essential for the duty thereof.

4/ The Federal State and the Regional States shall jointly allocate the operational budget necessary for the activities of the secretariat through contribution; provided that its details shall be determined in a regulation to be issued for the execution of this proclamation.
5/ With respect to the auditing of the budget utilization, the Regional States and the Federal Government may cause it to be conducted by a body to be designated in a joint agreement.

  1. Duties and Responsibilities of the Secretariat The Secretariat shall, pursuant to this Proclamation, have the following specific duties and responsibilities:
    1/ Follow up the implementation of the programs and plans which the governments have jointly formulated along with the agreements reached;

2/ Study the significance which the interactions would entail in view of entrenching of the system, strengthening of the union and friendly ties of the peoples and strive so that the forums become effective in respect of resource utilization and quality thereof;
3/ Identify, through studies, loopholes which are noticeable in the conduct of the relations as well as prepare and submit proposals of solution to the National Executives Forum;

4/ Having early neutralized those issues capable of likely creating misunderstandings and conflicts, cause same to become the priority agenda of the forum;
5/ Work for the information exchange to be accelerated as between and among the governments without any disruption;
6/ Systematically collect the experiences of other federations on similar matters, harmonize same with the country’s objective conditions, initiate proposals for their utilization and execute the decision, if any, in compliance therewith;

7/ Provide educational explanations with a view to tackling the awareness gaps visible as far as the issue of inter-governmental relations is concerned;
8/ Render professional support towards the strengthening of the forums and other structures duly established at all levels;
9/ Carry out such other related functions as are instrumental to consolidate the relations and assigned to it by the National Executive Relations’ Forum.

  1. Establishment of Other Offices
    There may, as deemed necessary, be set up various offices that are entrusted with coordinating inter- governmental relations established either vertically or horizontally and those forums structured at each and every sector in accordance with this Proclamation.
  2. Duties and Responsibilities of the Offices of the Regional States and Other Forums
    The Offices of the Regional States’ and Sectoral Forums established pursuant to this proclamation shall have the following specific Duties and Responsibilities:
    1/ Oversee the general wellbeing and effectiveness of the system of inter- governmental relations;
    2/ Conduct the study and research activities in connection with the inter-governmental relations;
    3/ Prepare the implementation reports concerning such relations and submit same to the joint forums;
    4/ Render support services pertaining to the relations;
    5/ Provide up-to-date information and explanatory statements to the mass media and to the various sections of the society in connection with the functioning and effectiveness of the relations;
    6/ Facilitate meetings of the forums;
    7/ Carry out such other related duties as might strengthen inter-governmental relations.
  3. Other Committees
    1/ The Forums of Inter-Governmental Relations may, as deemed necessary, establish a range of various committees that would assist the efficient performance of their respective duties
    2/ The accountability of such committees shall be to each and every forum of relations responsible for their formation.
    3/ The specific duties and responsibilities of these committees shall be determined by the bodies having established them thereof.

PART SIX MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

  1. Inapplicable Laws
    No law, Regulation, Directive or Customary practice in contravention of this Proclamation may be applicable to matters provided therein.
  2. Power to Issue Regulation
    The House of Peoples Representatives” may enact Regulations necessary to give effect to this Proclamation.
  3. Power to Issue Directives
    1/ The National Executive Bodies Relations’ Forum shall have the Power to issue Regulations necessary for the implementation of this Proclamation.
    2/ The other inter-governmental relations’ forums established by the Proclamation and concerned with the subject may issue the specific Directives that would assist the full implementation of this Proclamation.
  4. Effective Date
    This Proclamation shall come into force as of the date of its publication on the Federal Negarit Gazette.

Done at Addis Ababa On the January 11th Day of, 2021.

SAHILEWORK ZEWDE PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL DEMOCRATIC
REPUBLIC OF ETHIOPIA

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