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Policy and Advocacy

Support and advance the logistics sector by influencing and educating decision-makers at government and non-government level and assisting in shaping policies favorable to the logistics industry. ELSA works to promote and encourage greater recognition by the government and the community of the importance of the logistics industry’s contribution to Ethiopia’s economy.

ELSA encourages the government at all levels to ensure it gives appropriate consideration to the needs of logistics in its investment and policy decisions to maximize its benefits to the national economy. These include improving city logistics; identifying and protecting key freight corridors; and ensuring road, rail, port, and other facilities to keep up with the demand. Advocate, advice, and consult with government or non-governmental authority or the private sector towards improving the industry. In this respect ELSA has done the following activities:

  • Provided input to the government regarding the port management strategy.
  • Following the amendment of the country’s Logistics Sector Investment Guidelines, regarding Joint Venture recommended that the policy be implemented in a way that meets the interests of Ethiopia.
  • Prepared a proposal about the participation of the private sector in the multimodal transport system in the country.
  • Regarding the Addis Ababa city administration directive especially about trucks working time in Addis Ababa, which was commenced in July 2019, ELSA has proposed a solution to the problem of carrying out its guidance on the operation of heavy trucks.
  • Discussed the economic impact of the new tariffs on shipping companies and presented a recommendation document to the government.
  • Discussed the government’s draft new customs policy and made recommendations to the government.

National Logistics Strategy

The strategy document provides an assessment of Ethiopia’s logistics sector identifies the main logistics impediments and provides key recommendations to transform the sector. The National Logistics Strategy outlines key strategies along with corresponding interventions for implementation in five areas:

  • Improving logistics service offerings,
  • Improving trade finance, production and the distribution network,
  • Advancing and developing trade logistics facilities and infrastructure,
  • Implement an efficient transit and trade facilitation, and
  • Set up effective logistics governance.

The National Logistics Strategy is expected to improve Ethiopia’s maritime, air and road connectivity, which in turn will greatly enhance multi and unimodal logistics operating systems, Ethio-Djibouti Corridor Management, customs, maritime and transit administration structures.

National Logistics Council

The Ethiopian government has created a high-level governance structure to implement the National Logistics Strategy in an integrated and coordinated manner. At the highest level, the logistics sector is overseen by the National Logistics Council, which is supported by a Logistics Transformation Office (LTO) housed within the Ethiopian Maritime Affairs Authority. The council comprises the Prime Minister Office, Ethiopia Maritime Affairs Authority (EMAA), Ministry of Transport (MOT), and National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE), Ministry of Trade and Industry (MOTI), Ministry of Agriculture, Ethiopia Investment Commission (EIC), Ethiopia Revenue and Customs Authority (ERCA), Ministry of Finance and Ethio Logistics Sectorial Association (ELSA). The council has officially commenced its work in August 2020