State of Emergency- Not Extended

The Ethiopian government issued a State of Emergency due to Covid 19 namely Proclamation No 3/2020 to last for five months beginning on April 08,2020. To execute the proclamation the Council of Ministers has issued a Regulation No 466/2020 effective from 11th of April 2020 lasting till the Proclamation remains in force. On Article 3(19) of the Regulation, termination of employment contract of workers administered under Proclamation no 1156/2019 are prohibited except in accordance with protocols established by the Ministry of Social and Labor Affairs (MoLSA). The Ministerial Committee issued a directive no 2/2020 and on Article 23(11) it requires employers to get MoLSA’s approval before terminating an employment contract of an employee.
The State of Emergency Proclamation shall come to an end on September 09, 2020. As a result he penalties, prohibitions and duties imposed by the Proclamation and Regulation will expire. The temporarily suspended regular laws shall be applicable. In the case at hand, employers will not be required to seek approval to terminate employment contracts to MoLSA.

The New Draft Commercial Code of Ethiopia

The Council of Ministers has approved the New Draft Commercial Code of Ethiopia on its Cabinet session on June 13,2020. It passed the draft law for the legislative organ i.e. the House of People’s Representatives. It said on its report that The 1952 E.C(1960 G.C) Commercial Code of Ethiopia has administered the commercial business environment of the country for past 60 years. However new business concepts and technologies that happened after wards that were not anticipated by the earlier law need to be covered now. So Ethiopia need to promulgate a law that can step up to the existing and future business environment and economy of the country. And also anticipate and cover for business and commercial happenings for the coming years.

Women,Business and the Law 2020

The World Bank Group’s Women, Business and the Law 2020 study has come out. The World Bank Group’s Women, Business and
the Law examines laws and regulations affecting
women’s prospects as entrepreneurs and
employees across 190 economies. Its goal is to
inform policy discussions on how to remove legal
restrictions on women and promote research on
how to improve women’s economic inclusion.
As a result, the Woman, Business and the Law 2020 put Ethiopia on a score of 71.9. The economic indicators used were Mobility, Workplace, Pay, Marriage, Parenthood, Entrepreneurship, Asset and Pension. The study reveled the economic reform performance up to 1 September 2019. From 190 economies, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Latvia, Luxembourg and Sweden scored 100.