On January, 2021, the Ministry of Trade and Industry launched its eTrade platform, an Online Trade Registration and Licensing System, in the presence of high-level Government officials, development partners and member of the private sector. The launch event was inaugurated by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ato Demeke Mekonnen, at Skylight Hotel. 

During his opening speech, Minister of Trade and Industry, Ato Melaku Alebel said the development of the eTrade system is part of the various nationwide reforms initiated by Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed, to improve the country‚Äôs business climate and advance higher on the Ease of Doing Business Index. Ato Melaku also thanked and provided a token of appreciation to partners that collaborated with the Ministry in developing the system and, stressed more support is need from the public and private sector as well as international community to ensure the agility and versatility of the system. 

The eTrade platform enables its users a range of service related with registration and licensing a business including but not limited to verification and registration of company as well as trade name, acquisition and renewal trade license and cancelation of trade name. The user-friendly system is believed to modernize service delivery while reducing the time and effort spent by businesses. 

For more information and access to eTrade platform, visit  etrade.gov.et. You can also get an Amharic and English manuals on http://businessnegarit.com/a/resources1/