CONCERNING THE CURRENCY LAW
...As you know, the military, civil, peasant, commercial and industrial classes of the population are all part of the same body politic. They are similar to the parts of the body, such as the hands, the feet, the eyes and the blood, and they are all dependent on each other and must work together in helping each other for the proper health of the body. Just as the circulation of blood gives life to the human body, so the commercial and industrial enterprises constitute the life-blood of the population. It is not Our intention to support one part of the activity of the Empire as against another part, but to assist them all to grow and work together for the benefit of the whole population. We shall assist the commercial and industrial as well as all other sectors to co-operate for the benefit of the whole.
We are gratified to accept your words today stating openly that you have decided to abide by the Ethiopian Constitution and particularly by the Currency Law and Legal Tender proclamation issued over a year ago. It should be recognized that We accept no difference between foreign and local traders. The progress of business in general is in the interest of the whole population; therefore, We shall do all in Our power to assist you to maintain this progress in the future….
Nov. 22, 1946.
Selected Speeches of His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie - page 496 –