By J. Paulson
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Those enterprises, as well as all mixed and private businesses, were controlled with pervasive state administrative 40 fa Ann Paulson and Michael Gavin measures, including highly politicised allocation of grossly overvalued foreign exchange, price controls for most goods and services, rationed import licences, restrictions on operating margins, purchases by the public sector etc. Nominal wages were set centrally, though official wages were only a part of the total salary, the rest of the compensation being in the form of rationing coupons and consumption entitlements.
Also membership in the CFA Franc Zone meant that the exchange rate did not become very distorted. The state created public monopolies in export and import commerce and controlled processing of cotton, the most important export. Food crop marketing and prices were regulated, though not as strictly as for export crops. There was some improvement with the cotton producer prices linked to world prices in 1981-82 and cotton output increased through the 1980s. The state maintained control of marketing and processing and distribution of inputs.
The Agricultural Marketing Corporation (AMC), established in 1976, purchased all agricultural products from state farms and producer cooperatives at low producer prices, and specified production quotas for individual smallholder farmers. Private traders were restricted, particularly on inter-regional trade. The Ethiopian Coffee Marketing Corporation established in 1975, became the principal exporter of coffee and restrictions reduced the private sector marketing share from 80 to 10 per cent. A large proportion of the public investment in agriculture was channelled to the unproductive state farms, producer cooperatives, and resettlement schemes.
African Economies in Transition: The Changing Role of the State by J. Paulson