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Additional Contacts

Ethiopian Investment Commission

Addis Ababa

P.O. Box 2313

Tel: +251-11-551 0033

Fax: +251-11-551 4396

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Public Sector

Ministry of Industry

Addis Ababa

P.O. Box 5641

Tel: +251-11-551 8025/29

Fax: +251-11-551 4288

Ministry of Trade

Addis Ababa

P.O. Box 704

Tel: +251-11-551 8025

Fax: +251-11-551 5411


Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Addis Ababa

P.O. Box 393

Tel: +251-11-551 7345

Fax: +251-11 551 4300/551 1244

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Ministry of Culture and Tourism

Addis Ababa

P.O. Box 1907

Tel: +251-11-515 6711

Fax: +251-11-551 2889

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Ministry of Agriculture

Addis Ababa

P.O. Box 62347

Tel: +251-11-551 8040/551 7354

Fax: +251-11-551 1543

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Ministry of Finance and Economic Development

P.O. Box 1905

Tel: +251-11-155 2400

Fax: +251-11-156 0124


Ministry of Mines

Addis Ababa

P.O. Box 486

Tel: +251-11-646 3166

Fax: +251-11-646 3364

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Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs

Addis Ababa

P.O. Box 2056

Tel: +251-11-551 7080

Fax: +251-11-551 8396

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Ethiopian Revenue and Customs Authority

Addis Ababa

P.O. Box 2559

Tel: +251-11-466 7666

Fax: +251-11-466 8244

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Addis Ababa

P.O. Box 1047

Tel: +251-11-551 0500

Fax: +251-11-551 5777

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National Bank of Ethiopia

Addis Ababa

P.O. Box 5550

Tel: +251-11-551 7430

Fax: +251-11-551 4588

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Ethiopian Electric Service

Addis Ababa

P.O. Box1233

Tel: +251-11-155 0811

Fax: +251-11-155 2345

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Ethiopian Privatization and Public Enterprise Supervising Agency

Addis Ababa

P.O. Box 517

Tel: +251-11-552 1834

Fax: +251-11-551 3955

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Central Statistical Agency

Addis Ababa

P.O. Box 1143

Tel: +251-11-155 3011

Fax: +251-11-155 0334

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Ministry of Environmental Protection and Forestry

Addis Ababa

P.O. Box 12760

Tel: +251-11-646 5007

Fax: +251-11-646 4882

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Development Bank of Ethiopia

Addis Ababa

P.O. Box 1900


Private Sector

Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations

Addis Ababa

P.O. Box 517

Tel: +251-11-551 8240

Fax: +251-11-551 7699

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Ethiopian Horticulture Producers and Exporters Association (EHPEA)

Tel: +251-11-663 6750/663 6751

Fax: +251-11-11-663 6753

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Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations

P.O. Box 2458

Tel: +251-11-552 8120

Fax: +251-11-551 1479

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Ethiopian Leather Industries Association (ELIA)

P.O. Box 12898

Tel: +251-11-515 6144

Fax: +251-11-550 8935

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Thursday, 30 April 2015 09:51

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Thursday, 23 April 2015 12:31

Additional Information

Why do we choose Ethiopia for Investment?

Ethiopia is an ancient, independent and stable country in Africa. The people enjoy independent, free and democratic country. The government has a system of Federal Government, having regional States, strong and powerful system of administration. It is an African country where peace and stability cherishes. The atmosphere is most convenient for investment. Ethiopia is known for its untapped resources and fertile land suitable for agriculture.

On top of this, Ethiopia has moderate climate and sufficient rainfall throughout the year. In Ethiopia one can observe 13 months of sunshine. This is a great gift and blessing of God. Today, Ethiopia has attracted the attention of well-known and potential investors and international businessmen investing in all sectors of our economy. All the investors have come to Ethiopia because Ethiopia has a wonderful, conducive social, political and economic environment in which they can invest, grow and be successful. Ethiopia has a solid tradition of investments in agriculture and agro-processing.

Ethiopia is an ancient, independent, and stable country in Africa. It has untapped resources and fertile land suitable for agriculture. Its democratic and powerful system of government makes it helpful to enter into investment. Ethiopia has moderate climate and sufficient rainfalls throughout the year. In Ethiopia, one can observe “13 months of sunshine”. This is a great gift of God. Moreover, it is situated in a cross-road zone to Africa, the middle-east and Europe, and beyond that.

To mention a few, Ethiopia is the seat of the African Union (AU), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), foreign embassies and different organizations. It is obvious that Ethiopia has abundant and affordable labor force, which is governed by Labor Law. Besides this, the minimum wage for labor is considerably cheap compared with other countries of the world.

  1. Regional Hub with Access to a Wide Market

Ethiopia has a population of 90 million people, and is the second largest market in Africa. It is also part of the Common Market for Easter and Southern Africa (COMESA). This comprises 19 member countries and over 400 million people.

Addis Ababa is the capital city of Ethiopia and is home to key international organizations mentioned above. It has also the best airliner in Africa having 17 domestic destinations and offers flights to over 80 international destinations, and is known that it carries two third’s of Africa’s air freight.

On top of this, Ethiopia products have duty free, quota-free access to the U.S. and EU markets under the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA).


  1. Competitive Incentive Packages

Ethiopia provides or allows a Customs duty payment exception on capital goods and construction materials, also on spare parts which value is not greater than 15% of the imported capital goods’ total value.

  1. Strong Guarantees and Protections

The Ethiopian Constitution and the Investment Law fully protect and guarantees private property of investors who launch different projects in the country.

Foreign investors have the rights to mate remittance out of Ethiopia in exchangeable foreign currency. It is known that Ethiopia is a member of the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), World Bank affiliate which issues guarantee against non-commercial risks in signatory countries, and of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

  1. Income Tax Exemption

There is the opportunity for income tax exception from two to seven years on manufacturing or agro-processing and agricultural investments.


Carry forward as losses for half of the tax holiday period several export incentives, including the duty draw-back, voucher, bonded factory and manufacturing warehouse, and export credit guarantee schemes.

There are additional privilege that government guarantees such as remittance of profit, dividends, principals and the provision of land at competitive lease prices.

  1. Ethiopia is suitable place to live and work
  2. Visa and immigration requirements

All foreign visitors who intend to come to Ethiopia need to have visa.

  1. Health Requirements
  2. All foreign visitors who please to come to Ethiopia should have valid health certificate for yellow fever, vaccination against cholera…



 Ethiopia is found in the north eastern part of Africa known as “Horn of Africa.” It enjoys a unique location at crossroads between Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Ethiopia is bordered by Djibouti and Somalia to the East, Eritrea to the North, the Sudan to the West and Kenya to the South.

Geographic Coordinates

Ethiopia extends from 3 degrees – 15 degrees north of the Equator, and 33 degrees – 48 degrees east of the Greenwich Meridian.


Total Population                      90million

Female Population                  49.5%

Male Population                      50.5%

Rural Population                     83.92

Urban Population                    16.12

Population Growth Rate         2.6% per annum

Total Fertility Rate                  5.42% per annum

Population Density                 68.9 person/

Crude Mortality Rate              510/1000

Infant Mortality Rate              77/1000


Life Expectancy

Male                53.42 years

Female             55.42 years


Broad Age Structure

0-14 years                    45%

15-64 years                  51.9%

65 and above               3.1%

Thursday, 23 April 2015 12:19

Sugar Cane

Production and Processing of Sugar Cane

It is to be recalled that sugar plantation in Ethiopia started in 1954/55. When Wonji Sugar Factory was commissioned, it produced 15,843 tons of white sugar.

In the first campaign, exactly when sugarcane development began in 1951, the company was owned by Dutch Company: HVA (Handlers-Vereenging Amesterdam).

It is known that the development of sugar cane plantation was began on 5,000 hectares in the upper reaches of the Awash basin, 100 km Southeast of Addis Ababa.

Presently, there are three large-scale sugar establishments in Ethiopia: two of them in the Awash Basin (Wonji, Shewa and Metehara) and one (Finchea) in the Blue Nile Basin.

It has been confirmed that the present level of national production from the three sugar estates is approximately 261,041 tons and 87,257 tons of molasses per annum respectively.

The above mentioned three sugar factories have a production of 280,000 tons of sugar annually. The total is developed by three factories in 23,769 hectares. It is hoped that the area for the plantation will further expand in the near future.

Land and Water Resources

Ethiopia is endowed with abundant areas of suitable law lands; rivers and conducive or suitable climate for sugarcane growth.

Potential Irrigation Sites for Sugar Cane Development


  1. Awash
  2. Blue Nile
  3. Tekeze
  4. Omo Gube
  5. Baro
  6. Nile
  7. Omo

Potential Rain-Fed Sites for Sugar Cane Development (in ha)

Sites                                        Cross Area                  Suitable Areas                                    

  1. Yayu (Ilubabor)                      12,400                         5,000
  2. Duko (Gojeb Valley)              12,000                         1,400
  3. Tepi (Jimma)                           8,500                           1,650
  4. Serbo (Ilubabor)                      12,000                         1,900
  5. Bune (Ilubabor)                       N.A                             N.A


Ethiopia has abundant hard-working, inexpensive and easily trainable labour force. The average wage for unskilled labour is considerable low.


It is evident that sugar in Ethiopia serves for direct household consumption and as an intermediate input for other industries like pastries, bottling companies and breweries.

Sugar Demand and Expected Production









Annual Demand








Annual Expected Production








Source: Sugar Corporation 2011-2015 Strategic Plan (2012)

Currently, there is a constant deficit in domestic sugar supply. Hope that there will be a surplus supply in the near future.

Favorable Conditions for Investment in the Sugar Industry

  • There is no fierce competition in the Ethiopian sugar industry that prohibits potential investors from investing in the sector.
  • The industry requires a huge capital investment and the payback period is longer (12 years).
  • Customers have no strong substitute for sugar. Sugar substitutes (e.g. honey) are in short supply in the country.
  • The investors have the right to totally invest in and on sugar factories or they can also enter the sector with local co-financers. Government will also take part in the development of the sector in case local private co-financers fail to humiliate.

An investor who is interested to enter into sugar cane plantation and processing can have the right of customs duty exemption and investment incentives. Investors also enjoy remittance of funds and have investment Guarantee and Protection.

Cost of land of utilities is considerably low. Don’t hesitate to join and invest in the sugar cane plantation and processing.


Thursday, 23 April 2015 12:16

Palm Oil Production

Palm Oil Production

It is known that oil palm has an ancient root. Palm oil grows wild in West Africa and Equatorial Africa. It has been used as a food and energy source for millennia. Actually, palm oil, well-balanced healthy edible oil is now an important energy source for mankind. Moreover, today it is widely acknowledged as a versatile and nutritious vegetable oil, trans-fat free with a rich content of vitamins and antioxidants. It is commercially grown in large plantations in Malaysia, Indonesia and other tropical countries. The product is used to make specifically fats for various food products, also it is an important raw material for the oleo chemical industry.

Oil Crop and Production

Oil Crop

Production (millions)

Total Area

Soya bean


Sun Flower


Rape Seed


Oil Palm




















In Ethiopia, the oil palm investment would be carried out in the Gambella Regional State on 58,000 hectare of land and the region is ready to grant the plot for the project.

Potential Areas

It is understood that palm oil production is at the front stage in the country (Ethiopia). Palm oil grows at the altitude below 500 meters. The climate condition is mostly between 24 degrees Celsius and 28 degree Celsius.


It is widely known that Ethiopia has a large population and is potentially one of the larges domestic markets in Africa. Customs duty exemption is 100 percent free from the payment of import customs duty and other taxes levied on imports. There is also Investment Guarantee and Protection (MIGA*) for investors. Utilities, such as electricity, telephone, water are available. Potential investors are cordially invited to come to Ethiopia and invest their money and new technology in the lucrative palm oil production project.

*MIGA: Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency

Thursday, 23 April 2015 12:10

Cotton Production

It is clearly known that cotton production has long been underway in Ethiopia. Large scale of commercial cotton plantations were developed in the Awash Valley and the Humera areas. The Tendaho Cotton Plantation in the lower Awash Valley was one of Ethiopia’s largest cotton plantations. Also, rain-fed cotton grows in Humera, Bilate, and Arba Minch. Basically, cotton is one of the oldest cultivated fiber rops in Ethiopia.

The following activities have been carried out.

  • Agronomy, crop production, soil and water management and socio-economic aspects.
  • Research in cotton is still conventional.
  • Currently the research program has developed research projects.
  • The general objective of the cotton research project is to generate improved technologies that contribute to the increased production and productivity of cotton and bring the to self-sufficiency, promote export, contribute to economic development and poverty reduction, conservation of integrity of natural resources and the environment.

Cotton Processing Industries

Ethiopia has more than 15 textile and garment industries which are primarily based on cotton raw materials entirely produced by commercial and small-scale farms.

Production Constraints

  • Traditional farming practice in most of the smallholder farmers
  • Lack of good quality seeds
  • Inadequate fertility management
  • Poor post harvesting technologies
  • Lack of integration among actors in the sub-sector
  • Financial problems in smallholder process
  • Lack of coordinating and regulating body of the subsector in the country

This cotton production is a lucrative project in Ethiopia. There are a lot of efforts to develop this project. All foreign potential investors are welcome to invest in cotton production and processing industry in Ethiopia. We ring the bell to awaken investors.


Thursday, 23 April 2015 11:58

Ethiopian Diaspora

Ethiopian Diaspora has to play a great role in consolidating their efforts, developing their country and alleviating poverty out of the country. Ethiopians in Diaspora have obligations to share in the country’s development and in various investment areas.

Our office invites the Ethiopian Diaspora to come to Ethiopia and take active involvement in the country’s socio-economic activities and in facilitating investment.   

Diaspora abroad should unify together to attract foreign investors to come to Ethiopia and invest.

Diaspora can also act as coordinating body for investment growth in the country. Furthermore, the Diaspora has the ability of mobilizing community abroad for sustainable development of Ethiopia and its people, and developing the diversity of image of the county.

We cordially invite Ethiopians Diaspora to come to their motherland and contribute the required outstanding shares at bettering the lives of Ethiopian people with unmeasured efforts and holistic approach in introducing new technologies globally accepted.

Monday, 30 March 2015 11:03

Our Services

Our main purpose is to translate direct investments (both foreign and domestic) into jobs, infrastructure, high impact intervention on critical economic indicators and key factors driving investment decisions. Our service also includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Introduction of investment proclamation of Ethiopia to foreign investors and the Ethiopia Diaspora;
  • Creation of enhanced position related to investment in Ethiopia;
  • Promotion of efficiency and accessibility of Ethiopian Investment in the global market;
  • Enhanced and straightened government and private sector competence and capacity in Ethiopia; and
  • Enhancement towards acquainting the investment opportunities with foreign investors and move forward to help facilitating the appeal of Ethiopia as a strategy location for investment.

We also outsource the following services:

  • To initiate, support and promote measures that will enhance the investment climate in the country for Ethiopian and non-Ethiopian companies;
  • To collect, collate, analyze and disseminate information about investment opportunities and sources of investment capital;
  • To advise on the availability, choice or suitability of partners in joint-venture projects;
  • To initiate, organize and participate in promotional activities such as exhibitions, conferences and seminars f or the stimulation of investments;
  • To maintain a liaison between investors and ministries, government departments and agencies, institutional lenders and other authorities concerned with investments;
  • To provide and disseminate up-to-date information on incentives available to investors; and
  • To assist investors by providing support services, including assistance with permits required for the establishment and operation of enterprise.
Friday, 20 March 2015 09:20

Investment Guarantees


• The constitution and the investment code of the country guarantee the protection of private property.

• Ethiopia is a signatory to the main international investment related institutions – for example, it is a member of the Multi-Lateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA).

• Ethiopia is also a signatory of the Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes between States and Nationals of Other States (ICSID) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).The accession process to the WTO is well underway.

• Ethiopia has concluded Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreements (BITs) and Avoidance of Double Taxation Agreements with a number of countries.

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