Council of Ministers Approves 3 Draft Regulations

Addis Ababa July 08/2018 The Council of Ministers has passed three draft regulations at its 51st regular meeting yesterday.

In a press statement it sent to ENA, the Council of Ministers said first was discussed a draft regulation on determining service charges for information to be obtained from public institutions. Citizens have the right to request and receive information from any government institution.

The need for establishing a uniform payment system that enables citizens to get information from government institutions as quickly and cheaply as possible was agreed upon.

Accordingly, the Ombudsman and Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation jointly prepared the draft regulation tabled for decision of the Council of Ministers.

After discussing the draft regulation in detail, the Council has unanimously agreed for the implementation of the regulation.

The other agenda the Council discussed was the control of lead in paints.

Lead is poisonous metallic element that some manufacturers mix to produce wall paint.

Industrialized countries have been enforcing binding laws and regulations to control lead in bright paints as early as in the 1980s, it was indicated.

Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has, therefore, drafted a similar law to control the amount of lead in various products. The regulation submitted to the Council of Ministers was thoroughly discussed, amended and approved, the statement said.

The Council also discussed the defunct Hawassa Agricultural Development Enterprise whose agricultural enterprises and agro-industry products factories have been fully transferred to private ownership.

Hence Hawassa Agricultural Development Enterprise has no enterprise or employee under it.

Due to this, the enterprise is dissolved legally by a regulation issued by the Council of Ministers.