DBE, being one of the state owned financial institutions, has clear mission of accelerating the national economic development. In order to meet its predetermined objectives, the bank has the following mandates:

  • To provide medium and long term investment credit as well as short term loans to viable projects,
  • To mobilize funds from sources within or outside the country
  • To mange funds entrusted to it,
  • To participate in equity investments,
  • To provide domestic and foreign banking service to its borrowers,
  • To accept time deposit,
  • To guarantee loans and other financial obligations,
  • To draw, accept, discount, buy and sell bills of exchange, drafts and promissory notes payable within or outside Ethiopia,
  • To issue and sell bonds,
  • To act as trustee,
  • To provide technique and managerial service,
  • To open and operates bank accounts with banks and banking correspondents in Ethiopia or abroad,
  • To engage in such other activities as is customary carried out by development banks.