FEDERAL NEGARIT GAZETA OF THE FEDERAL DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF ETHIOPIA 6th Year No. 22 Addis Ababa – 7th March, 2000
PROCLAMATION No. 194/2000 A PROCLAMATION TO PROVIDE FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF ETHIOPIA
WHEREAS, the collection of earth science information on the earth’s surface and its interior is fundamental and decisive for the development of industry, energy and agriculture;
WHEREAS, prospecting for, exploration and study of mineral resources and collection of geological data is essential for the economic development of the country;
WHEREAS, it is essential to collect, deposit and establish ownership on earth science information;
WHEREAS, in order to fulfill the above objectives, it has become necessary to establish the Geological Survey of Ethiopia;
NOW, THEREFORE, in accordance with Article 55(1) of the constitution of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, it is hereby proclaimed as follows:
1. Short Title
This Proclamation may be cited as the “Geological Survey of Ethiopia Establishment Proclamation No. 194/2000.”
In this Proclamation:
1. “earth science” means the science which studies the earth, the rocks of which it is composed, the changes that have undergone or are undergoing and other natural phenomena occurring within the earth, utilizing methods and techniques of geology, geophysics and geochemistry and any other method applicable for the study of the earth;
2. “Exploration” means to look for minerals as well as collecting earth science information by applying geological, geophysical, geochemical or any other suitable methods;
3. “grade” means the concentration of mineral contained in a given weight or volume of earth’s crust or part thereof;
4. “information” means all geological by hydrogeological, geothermal, geophysical geochemical and drilling data and includes reports, maps, photographs, plants, charts, graphs; sections, logs, as well as mineral, crock and borehole sample and specimens of all kinds;
5. ”mineral” means any naturally occurring mineral substance of economic value forming part of or found on or within the earth’s crust;
6. “mineral deposit” means any concentration of prospective mineral or group or minerals naturally accumulated (deposited) within a specific area of the earth’s crust and which has grade and quantity of mineral in excess of its surrounding;
7. “Minister” and “Ministry” means the Minister and the Ministry of Mines and Energy respectively;
8. “Remote sensing” means a methods applied to collect information from long distance, as from aircraft or from earth satellites for exploration purposes.
1. The Geological Survey of Ethiopia (hereinafter called “the Survey”) is hereby re-established as an autonomous federal government organ having its own juridical personality.
2. The Survey shall be accountable to the Ministry.
4. Head Office
The Survey shall have its Head Office in Addis Ababa and may have branch offices as appropriate.
5. Objective of the Survey
The objective of the Survey shall be to undertake studies and survey’s about the earth’s crust and mineral contained in it, applying earth science techniques and to prospect for, explore, and, as the case may be, estimate and delicate mineral deposits.
6. Powers and Duties of the Survey
The Survey shall have the following powers and duties
1. Carry out geological mapping, prepare and publish geological maps;
2. Conduct ground and airborne geophysical surveys and remote sensing studies.
3. Carry out exploration and conduct studies on earth and water bodies to collect basic information of minerals, oil and natural gas, hydrogeology engineering geology, and when the circumstances an require, estimate and delineate mineral deposits;
4. Investigate, volcanic activity, earth-quakes, landslides and meteorites and nay other related natural phenomena as may be required for the attainment of its objectives and inform, where appropriate, those concerned of its findings;
5. Train its personnel, in accordance with the short and long term needs of the Survey;
6. Collect and own information related to earth science studies, and may make it available to users, with or without payment, as the case may be, and also publish and distribute journals;
7. Require and obtain any information relevant to its activities from any sources;
8. Participate in all meetings, conferences and seminars related to earth sciences representing the government;
9. Charge fees for any service it renders in accordance with general government directives;
10. Own and transfer property, enter into contracts, sue and be sued in its name and carry out other similar activities necessary for the attainment of its objectives.
7. Organizational Structure of the Survey
The Survey shall have:
1. A General manager;
2. A Chief Geological; and
3. The necessary staff.
8. Appointment of the General Manager
The General Manager of the Survey shall be appointed by the Government upon the recommendation of the Minister.
9. Powers and Duties of the General Manager
1. The General Manager shall be the chief executive of the Survey and shall, subject to the general directives of the Minister, be responsible for the overall operation and management of the Survey.
2. Without limiting the generality provided in Sub-Article (1) herein above, the General Manager shall:
a) Employ, administer, transfer, promote and dismiss personnel in accordance with Civil Service laws; however, the salary scale and perdiem rate of personnel of the survey shall be determined by the directives issued by the government;
b) Prepare and submit to the Minister short, medium, and long term plans of the Survey;
c) Prepare and submit to the Minister the annual work programme and budget of the Survey;
d) Effect expenditure in accordance with the approved annual budget and work programme of the Survey;
e) Prepare and submit to the Minister operational report on the activities of the Survey;
f) Select the Chief Geologist and department heads of the Survey and recommend them to the Minister for appointment;
g) Represent the Survey in all its relations with third parties.
3. The General Management may delegate his powers and duties of the Survey referred to under Article 6 of this Proclamation.
4. The General Management may delegate his powers and duties of the Survey referred to under Article 6 of this Proclamation to the Chief Geologist and to his staff to the extent necessary for the effective management of the Survey.
10. Powers and Duties of the Chief Geologist
The Chief Geologist shall:
1. Be responsible for the geoscience studies and related activities of the Survey; and
2. Act on behalf of the General Manager in his absence.
11. Source of Budget
The sources of the budget of the Survey shall be the following.
1. A subsidy allotted by the Government;
2. Service charges and other fees to be collected by the Survey;
3. Moneys obtained from other sources.
12. Keeping Books of Accounts
1. The Survey shall keep full and accurate books of accounts and other financial documents.
2. The Survey’s books of accounts and other financial documents shall be audited annually by the Auditor General or by the persons designated by him.
The Ethiopian Institute of Geological Survey Establishment Proclamation No. 230/1982 is hereby repealed.
14. Power to Issue Regulations
The Council of Ministers may issue regulations for the proper implementation of this Proclamation.
15. Effective Date
This Proclamation shall enter into force as of the 7th day of March, 2000.
Done at Addis Ababa this 7th day of March, 2000.
NEGASO GIDADA (DR.)
PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF ETHIOPIA