South African companies keen to invest in Ethiopia

South African investors and representatives of companies have expressed their readiness to invest in Ethiopia and do business with.

A South African business delegation comprising 22 investors and representatives of companies are currently in Ethiopia to explore investment potentials and opportunities in the country, particularly in manufacturing, agro-processing, energy and construction sectors.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Aklilu Hailemichael met with the South African Business Delegation on Monday (March 6, 2017) and briefed them on investment prospects in Ethiopia. 

Dr. Aklilu  underscored that the delegation's current move will promote Ethiopia's aspiration to boost the intra Africa trade and enhance south-south cooperation.

He said, "Ethiopia attracts investors from China and Turkey as well as the US and Europe; nevertheless we would like to also promote south-south economic cooperation between African countries."

Touching upon the huge investment potentials in Ethiopia, the State Minister said, "Ethiopia's geographic location, its active membership in regional and bilateral trade agreements, including various other platforms with the U.S, EU and COMESA region, and the favorable investment policies make it an attractive investment destination."

Ethiopia's young and productive work force which accounts for 60 percent of the population also offers significant comparative advantages to investors, he added.

Ethiopian Airlines and European Union Delegation to Ethiopia have signed a letter of intent to establish Ethio-European International Business School (EEIBS) on December 5/2018.

The letter of intent was signed by Ethiopian Group CEO Tewolde Gebremariam and European Union Delegation Head to Ethiopia Ambassador Johan Borgstam, according to a press release sent to ENA.

The airline will host the delivery of an MBA program at Ethiopian Aviation Academy with the support of the EU Delegation under the EU’s Transformation Triggering Facility (TTF) program, it added.

Ethiopian Group CEO Tewolde said the realization of the idea will enable Ethiopian Airlines to offer world-class leadership courses in the aviation profession at regional and continental level.

“Once established, the school will be a significant addition to the leadership courses we are delivering at our Aviation Academy, an ICAO-designated Regional Training Center of Excellence. We look forward to launching the MBA courses and shape as many young African minds as possible, adding value to their academic and professional lives,” he pointed out.

European Union Delegation Head to Ethiopia, Ambassador Johan Borgstam said on his part the union is very happy on the signed agreement to partner with Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Academy as European Union (EU) invests heavily in human capital development in Ethiopia.

He stated that “the EU Delegation to Ethiopia is proud to partner with Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Academy on this important project that will provide quality education to young Ethiopians. Investing in training and education is critical for the realization of Ethiopia’s development strategy. The European Union invests heavily in human capital development in Ethiopia and supports government efforts to improve the business environment and the implementation of the industrialization agenda.”

A forum aimed at enhancing textile and apparel investment ties between Ethiopia and South Korea kicked off in Addis Ababa on December 06/2018.

The forum is aimed at further strengthen mutual beneficiary cooperation between the two countries and significant platform in creating business opportunities.

Opening the Forum, State Minister of Foreign Affairs Aklilu Hailemichael said that the environment of Ethiopia is getting favorable for investment as it is one of the top destinations.

“Currently South Korean investors are showing excellent performance in several sectors,” he said, adding that there are about 76 licensed investment companies of food 61 are fully Korean and 15 Ethiopian Korean joint ventures.

He emphasized that Ethiopia will continue to do all the necessary activities to ensure the two countries relation continue to strengthen and the cooperation broaden.

Korea’s Ambassador to Ethiopia Hoon-min Lim said that the bilateral relationship and cooperation between the two countries need to further develop and strengthened beyond the existing level to figure out ways of encouraging more active private sector exchange and cooperation.

He pointed out that the potential of the Ethiopian textile industry and the economic reforms undergoing to strengthen its economy by opening up and introducing competition is well known.

“We expect that Korea’s capital, technology and experience combined with the potential of Ethiopia will produce a model for win-win cooperation that will benefit both countries,” the ambassador noted.

It was learned that Ethiopian textile and apparel industry has grown at an average rate of 51 percent in the past 6 years.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has arrived Addis Ababa on October 11, 2018 for a two-day official visit to Ethiopia, according to Office of the Prime Minister.

Upon his arrival at Bole International Airport, Prime Minister Conte was warmly welcome by his Ethiopian counterpart Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

The premiers and other high level government officials are expected to hold bilateral discussions, it was learned.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will next visit Eritrea to confer with President Isaias Afwerki, according to sources.

Conte’s mission is part of a concerted support for the peace deal signed between Ethiopia and Eritrea last July after nearly 20 years of stalemate.

It is to be recalled that former Italy President Sergio Mattarella visited Addis Ababa in 2016.


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country will undertake activities that would help to further expand its investment in Ethiopia.

President Mulatu Teshome and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan have discussed about the all-round relationship between the two countries.

During the discussion, President Erdogan said that the country has been carrying out activities that enable to strengthen its trade and investment ties with Ethiopia.

This will be created a situation whereby new Turkish companies and investors will channel their capital to Ethiopia, he revealed.

He also said that the engagement of Turkish companies in Ethiopia would help accelerate the country’s journey to industrialization further enabling to benchmark technologies and other experiences.

President Mulatu said on his part Ethiopia will continue working in strengthening its strategic relationship with Turkey, according to Office of the President.

Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations (AACCSA) and the Tunisian Chamber of Commerce and Industry held business-to-business meeting in Addis Ababa.

The Tunisian delegation comprised of high officials and representatives of 40 companies engaged in agro-processing and industry.

Tunisian Chamber President, Nejib Mell said the delegation came to explore the scope of partnership in trade and investment.

The companies are interested in finding partners which would intensify the economic cooperation between the two countries, he added.

AACCSA Deputy Secretary General, Shibeshi Bettemariam said on his part Ethiopia has a great place for prospective business partners and investors.

He called into attention the booming construction, infrastructure, agro-processing and manufacturing sectors as well as the lucrative incentives such as 5 year tax holiday, cheap electricity and labor as attractive opportunities.

Representative of the Tunisian Andalusian White Cement Company, Ahmed Ben Abdullah said the construction boom in Ethiopia has attracted his company to visit the country.

He added that there is no company which produces white cement in Ethiopia.

Representatives of the two chambers have finally signed Memorandum of Understanding that improves business cooperation between the two countries.

Meanwhile, Tunisian Secretary of State for Foreign Trade Hichem Ben Ahmed had earlier hold discussion with Foreign Affairs State Minister Aklilu Hailemichael.

They discussed about the issue of strengthening bilateral relation between the two countries.

Secretary of State Hichem Ben Ahmed said Tunisia wants to strengthen business-to-business relation with Ethiopia.

He added that relation between Ethiopia and Tunisia is historical but their trade exchange is low.

Tunisian businesspersons are interested in investing in edible oil products in Ethiopia and strengthen trade relation, according to Hichem Ben Ahmed.

State Minister Aklilu Hailemichael said on his part that as Ethiopia imports huge amount of edible oil Tunisian investment in edible oil products will help the country to save hard currency.

The country can also benchmark Tunisia’s experiences in education, tourism and industry, he noted.

Ethiopia and Tunisia established diplomatic relations in 1968.

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