Government-by-Government Assessments: Ethiopia

During the review period, the government made its enacted budget available to the public online.  The executive budget proposal, however, was not published, quarterly budget execution reports were not publicly available, and its end-of-year report was not published within a reasonable period.  Information on debt obligations was publicly available, including aggregated state-owned enterprise debt.  Budget documents lacked detail on state-owned enterprises.  The supreme audit institution met international standards of independence.  It audited the government’s annual financial statements and published its reports within a reasonable period.

Ethiopia’s fiscal transparency would be improved by:

  • Publishing its executive budget proposal and end-of-year report within a reasonable period; and
  • Providing more detail on allocations to and earnings from state-owned enterprises in the budget.

U.S. Department of State

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