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Country Summary for ETHIOPIA

I.  Relevant Legislation
II.  Regulated Cultural Property


'Authority'—Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage. (established under 2000 PCH Art. 2)

'Cultural Heritage'—anything tangible or intangible which is the product of creativity and labour of man in the pre-history and history times, that describes and witnesses to the evolution of nature and which has a major value in its scientific, historical, cultural, artistic and handicraft content.

'Intangible Cultural Heritage'—any cultural heritage that cannot be felt by hands but can be seen or heard and includes different kinds of performances and show, folklore, religious, belief, wedding and mourning ceremonies, music, drama, literature and similar other cultural values, traditions and customs of nations, nationalities and peoples.

'Tangible Cultural Heritage'—cultural heritage that can be seen and felt and includes immovable or moveable historical, and manmade cultural heritage.

'Cultural Heritage Registration'—registration in the form prepared to collect wide information of cultural heritage, which shall include photographing, recording in film or video, as appropriate, so as to put in place the means to catalogue, inspect, study, protect and conserve cultural heritage and facilitate utilization of same for the purpose of recreation and education. (2000 PCCH Art. 3)


(1) Any person who holds Cultural Heritage in ownership shall get registered same in accordance with the directives issued by the Minister.
(2) The Authority shall register Cultural Heritage using codes appropriate for their custody and preservation.
(3) A certificate of registration shall be issued to the person for the Cultural Heritage he has got registered.
(4) Expenses incurred in connection with the registration of Cultural Heritage pursuant to this Article shall be borne by the Authority. (2000 PCCH Art. 17)

III.  Export Restrictions

IV.  Ownership Rights and Restrictions

V.  Violations, Penalties and Sanctions

VI.  International Conventions and Bilateral Agreements
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Country Contact
for Cultural Property
Ato Jara H/Mariam
General Manager of the Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage
P.O. Box 13247
Addis Ababa
Ph: +251 15-76-30
F: +251 15-07-05