Investing in Ethiopia is now a course that every global investor would love to chart given the country’s sudden emergence as a key player in African business with a giant population that presents an insatiable market for virtually any product or service. No wonder leading global investment players like the United Arab Emirates have taken note of the growing significance of Ethiopia as a key African business player. Major acquisitions and merges have been witnessed in Ethiopia in the recent past, which can only serve as a strong signal that Ethiopia is now open for business.
Agriculture is the leading source of the country’s net income and employs more than 80% of the population. The government is now making fast steps to open up other sectors of the economy by welcoming direct foreign investors both from Africa and the world at large. Some of the key sectors to consider when planning to invest in Ethiopia include real estate (there is little real estate activity in Ethiopia), Agriculture (Ethiopia’s 90 plus million population needs significant amounts of food). The government of Ethiopia now offers a number of incentives to foreign investors doing business in Ethiopia, key among them being 100% exemption from import customs duty for investment capital goods like machinery and construction materials. Investors are, for a given period, also exempt from income tax for revenue that is generated from new investments in manufacturing, ICT and agronomic industries.