The Rift valley lakes basin authority is established on proclamation number 691/2002 article 5 and sub article 34 and house of ministers council regulation number 253/2003.
The overall objectives of the Authority shall be to promote and monitor the implementation of integrated water resources management process in an equitable and participatory manner in the Rift Valley Lakes Basin.
Powers and Duties of the Authority
Initiate and submit to the High Council policy measures needed to create conducive environment for the implementation of an integrated water resource management process within the basin and follow up the implementation of the policy upon approval;
Undertake activities necessary for, and facilitate, the implementation of integrated water resources management in the basin;
Ensure that projects, activities and interventions related to water in the basin are, in their content, schedule, impacts and management are in line with the integrated water resources management process;
Prepare and submit to the High Council, the basin’s plan and monitor its implementation upon approval;
Without prejudice to the power given to regional states by law, issue permits applicable to the basin’s water use and water works in accordance with Article 15 of the Proclamation and ensure-that the terms of the permits are complied with;
Collect, compile, analyze and disseminate information for proper planning, administration and steering of water resources in the basin;
Develop and use a river basin model in order to guide and support the basin’s water resources strategic planning and water administration functions;
Give advice and technical support to the High Council and the Ministry on dispute resolution in relation to the allocation and use of water resources of the basin;
Set up a forum for effective networking among stakeholders;
Collect water charges from users;
On the basis of instructions of the High Council, prepare and provide necessary information for the concerned body in charge of negotiations with other countries concerning trans-boundary rivers;
12.Undertake studies, surveys and researches that arc deemed necessary to carry out its functions;
Monitor ground water level in order to prevent an occurrence of salinity’ problem in areas where irrigation development works and projects are carried out and cause measures to be taken;
Undertake river drainage-work;
Own property, enter into contracts, sue and be sued in its own name;
Carry out such other functions necessary for the implementation of its objectives.
Proclamation No. 685/2010 provided for Trade Practices and Consumer Protection was one in which the loopholes in the earlier proclamation No. 329/2003 where somewhat lessened. Nonetheless, the phrase “Trade Practice” in the proclamation was found to be not compatible with the mandates and duties entrusted to the Authority and the Authority that has been established to effect the implementation of the Proclamation didn’t have the power to investigate into the violations of the provisions of the proclamation and bring charges against transgressors; the adjudicating tribunal of the Authority couldn’t impose fines with regard to the cases in dwells on; In addition, as financial and imprisonment penalties are tough and redundant, as the limitations of the provisions proclaimed in the proclamation have posed obstacles to the process of implementation. the fact that the implementation of the proclamation with regard to Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa cities has certain loopholes; as well as the limitations related to the pertaining appellate procedures, it is established as Trade competition and Consumers’ Protection Authority pursuant to the new Proclamation No. 813/2013.
Upon its establishment, the institution has made use of international best practices as an input. among these are the major ones the experiences of FTC in the USA, EU, Singapore, Malaysia, Botswana, India, Australia, and South Africa in fair trade and consumer statutes and efforts have been made to scrutinize and analyze these experiences and to map them and adopt them given the contexts and the realities on the ground in the country. Accordingly, since the year 2012, the Authority has been fulfilling its duties and exercising the power vested to it in accordance with the Proclamation.