Ethiopia's Federal Ethics and anti-corruption commission (FEACC) is preparing to launch a new online
access to information about the Ethiopian government officials assets, possessions, incomes and the incomes of their families. Berhanu Assefa, Public Relation Director of the Commission told SSI that the commission has been registering assets of government officials and elected persons since 2010.
According to Berhanu, in line with the Ethiopian justice system reform program, the commission is working to launch officials' assets report which will be accessible to the public by means of electronically online access of information.
Berhan added that the world bank is supporting the installation of the electronic database project, and within a short period of time, tender will be released for interested companies. according to him, the new system will create transparency and build trust between the government and citizens.
Berhanu mentioned the annual report of the commission according to which the 32,297 government officials received certificate from the commission upon registration of their asset so far.
Berhanu also said that in the year 2011/12, around 50,000 government officials including the late prime minister Meles Zenawi, Ministers, high ranking government officials and civil servants in key posts have so far registered their personal assets , possessions, incomes and the income of their families.
The registration of the properties of government officials is based on the wealth registration proclamation endorsed by the parliament on march 30,2012.
According to the global financial integrity, Ethiopia lost US $3.3 billion in corruption and bribery in 2009 which greatly exceeds the US$2 billion value of Ethiopia's total export in 2009. it is estimated that Africa loses up to US $150 billion (25% of GDP) in corruption - us $30 billion of which is foreign development aid.