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UPDATE 2-Ethiopia's cabinet endorses establishment of a stock market - PM Abiy

(Adds tweet from Abiy’s office)

ADDIS ABABA, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Ethiopia’s cabinet on Tuesday endorsed the establishment of a stock market, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed tweeted.

The finance ministry said in June it had drafted a bill to create a stock market authority. It was not immediately clear if this was the bill passed on Tuesday.

Abiy’s office tweeted a statement saying that a capital market would ease Ethiopia’s dependency on foreign finance.

Since Abiy took office in 2018, the government has slowly begun introducing economic reforms, including preparing to open state-controlled sectors such as telecommunications to foreign investors.

Ethiopia is Africa’s second-most populous nation and its economy has in the past decade been one of the world’s fastest-growing, due mainly to heavy state spending on infrastructure.

Reporting by Addis Ababa newsroom; Writing by Maggie Fick; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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