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The Ministry of Mines was re-established by Proclamation 1097/2018 as the regulatory institution of the mining and oil sector of the country, including issuing exploration and mining licenses. As one of the priority sectors for Ethiopia’s economic reform agenda, the ministry is encouraging private sector investment, streamlining bureaucratic and regulatory procedures, updating policies, and building institutional capacity by introducing a digital mining cadaster system. The Ministry is working to transform the country in a top destination for the international mining and petroleum investors by promoting its strategic minerals such as gold, gemstones (mainly Opal), emerald, sapphire, tantalum, lithium, potash, iron ore, and construction minerals and petroleum. The Ministry through its corporation is promoting a joint venture for a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) modality to establish a centralized laboratory and drilling services.

The ministry has two autonomous institutions under it. The Ethiopia Geological Institute (EGI), which focuses on strengthening the generation and dissemination of geoscience data, drilling, and laboratory analysis; and The Ethiopian Mineral, Petroleum, and Biofuel Corporation (EMPBC), a public enterprise that is engaged in the commercial activity of mining, petroleum, and bio-fuel sectors.

SUMM Ethiopia project

The Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI) is an independent center of expertise in natural resource-led development. CIRDI is now acquired by the Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO/SACO). With Canadian and international partners, CIRDI provides leading-practice advice, technical support, training, and applied research as well as a platform for innovative thinking, knowledge mobilization, and shared learning on sustainable and inclusive natural resource governance. CIRDI’s academic and operational independence enables it to act as a neutral convener in complex, multi-stakeholder environments. CIRDI concentrates its efforts in three areas: Public Sector Capacity and Governance; Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM); The Environment and Climate Change.

The Supporting the Ministry of Mines (SUMM) in Ethiopia is a six-year GAC-funded project led by CESO-CIRDI. The project is designed to strengthen the capacity and organizational management of Ethiopia’s Ministry of Mines (MoM) at operational and strategic levels. The project’s ultimate objectives are to improve resource governance and sustainable long-term management of the Ethiopian mining sector. The project aims to enhance the data acquisition capacity of the Ethiopia Geological Institute (EGI), and strengthen mineral licensing and administration institutions of the MoM. Overall, the project aims to design and implement priority capacity-building interventions, systems development, and organizational initiatives to support country-driven strategies to encourage increased revenue generation and transparency, mitigation of negative environmental impacts, and stimulation of sustainable economic growth.

The SUMM Project is a six-year, Global Affairs Canada-funded project, launched in April 2016. The Project’s ultimate objective is to strengthen the capacity and organizational management of Ethiopia’s MoM at operational and strategic levels. The Project includes four Strategic Outcomes in order to improve resource governance and support the long-term management of a sustainable mining sector in Ethiopia.

Strategic Outcome 1Strategic Outcome 2Strategic Outcome 3Strategic Outcome 4
Establish a consistent, predictable, and transparent licensing system.Develop inclusive stakeholder-responsive frameworks, structures, and processesProvide world-class geoscience information and promote priority industrial minerals services.Strategic Outcome 4
Enhance project management to support collaboration, monitoring, and coordination of resources for sustainable results.