post Ethiopian Law Newsletter

January 6th, 2011

Filed under: General Issue — Lissan Magazine @ 10:37

5th Edition

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Wishing you a happy new year we present you our fifth edition of Ethiopian Law Newsletter. Please enjoy it and give us your comment about it.
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Federal First Instance Courts will be opened in Every Sub Cities of Addis Ababa
Well it seems the Federal Courts in Ethiopia are making considerable improvement in the reformation of the judicial sector. According to the press releases we found from the local newspapers in Ethiopia, the Federal court will open new branches in every sub cities of Addis Ababa. According to AtoTegene Getaneh.
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Ethiopia Attracted 8 Billion Dollars Investment Attention in the Past One year
In the past six months the Ethiopian Government granted Investment Permit for eight billion dollars investment. Most of these investments are made on the sectors of farm, construction, hotel and tourism. Those investors have planned to open around 1500 projects in the country…
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Acquiring and Registering Property in Ethiopia
In Ethiopia, Acquiring and registering property isn’t an easy task. It costs lots of money and effort. One should also be careful of lots of cons and swindles by many parties in the process. Once the property to be acquired is found here are the lists of procedures to be followed to legalize the property.

1st The first procedure is Verifying the Status of the Property at the Registry. The purchaser should verify at the Registry whether the property is affected by any encumbrances. Currently the registry in Ethiopia is computerized and located in 10 different sub cities. Therefore two days time is enough for the verification. Then the location and surface area of the property must be checked at the Master plan Bureau. It requires one additional day.

2nd The second step will be Checking the Evaluation of the Sale Price by the Sub City. The parties will bring the sale agreement to the Sub-city. The Sub-City official will check that the price included in the sale agreement corresponds to the Master list of Price. Each Sub-City has a fee Schedule depending on the location of the building.
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Trading Across Borders Ethiopian Boarders
If you are intending to engage in trading activity that it involves trading across Ethiopian boarders, you should know about the following list of import and export procedures and the required documents.

This is list the procedures necessary to import and exports a standardized cargo of goods in Ethiopia. The documents required to export and import the goods are also shown.

Procedures for Export
1. The first procedure is Documents Preparation and it takes about 25 days.
2. The second step is Custom Clearance and Technical Control. This needs 10 days to complete.
3. Then Ports and Terminal Handling follows which takes 5 days and costs.
4. After this Inland Transportation and Handing will take place.
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Period of Limitation in Civil Cases According To Ethiopian Law
Do you want to know about the common period of limitations found in the Ethiopian legal system? Below you will find them.

For those who don’t know period of limitation, here is the definition of Period of limitation. It means when a person who can be a plaintiff or a defendant has a time limit for raising or presenting a question. Below you will find list of period of Limitations listed under the Ethiopian civil code.

1. In contract law
According to Article 1845 of the civil code any person who wants the performance of a contract or has incurred loss due to the non-performance of a contract shall exercise his right to ask within ten years.

2. Non-contractual obligations
According to Article 2143 of the civil code cases of non-contractual obligations have two years period of limitation. However, if the case leads to a criminal liability and if the crime has a period of limitation more than two years, the time fixed for asking compensation shall be substituted by the period of limitation of.
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The Jurisdictions of the Addis Ababa City Courts
The jurisdiction of the Addis Ababa City courts is mentioned in the EFDRE Proclamation No. 311/2003. According to Article 41 of The Addis Ababa City Government Revised Charter these courts will have the following jurisdiction over civil and criminal and petty offense.

On Civil Matters
In Civil Jurisdiction the Addis Ababa City Courts will have power in such cases as;
1. Suits of possessory right, issuance of permit or land use relating to the enforcement of the city master plan;
2. Suits arising in connection with the regulatory powers and functions of the executive and municipal service bodies of the city government.
3. Suits arising from fiscal matters set out under4 Art 52 ( i.e. the City Government will have power over assessing and collecting income taxes, set and collect land use fees, levy taxes on income from agricultural activities in the city, etc)
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source: Fikadu Asfau Law Office

1 Comment »

  1. it,s amazing don,t know what to say.

    Comment by eskedar — 19. July 2011 @ 09:16

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