Major Investment Areas in Ethiopia

Ethiopia: Investment Related Facts

  • Very good climate
  • A wide range of cereals, pulses, oil seeds, cash crops, fruits and vegetables can grow
  • Very good climate for flower farms
  • High Livestock potential: the first ranking country (head count of livestock) in Africa and is among the top ten countries in the world
  • Favorable Investment Policies
  • Major manufacturing opportunities, as the country’s manufacturing potential remains untapped
  • With population estimated to be 110 million plus, it's a big market
  • Nig workforce with the poulation of 30 and below nearly 70% of the total polulation

Investment Opportunities in Ethiopia

ICT, Startups and Technology

The startup ecosystem is growing. Fintech, foodtech (and delivery), ride hailing, agritech are prominent in te startup scence. There is ample opportunity for angel investors, tech innovators, and data centre poviders. With the opening up of the telecom sector and wide ranging reforms, ecommerce will be the next big thing.


Ethiopia peresents ample opportunities for renewable energy startups: solar, wind, and geothermal.

Agriculture and Agro-industrial Processing

It is clear that agriculture is the backbone of the Ethiopian economy. Ethiopia grows all types of cereals, fibber crops, oil seeds, coffee, tea, flowers, fruits, and vegetables since it is endowed a with wide ranging agro-ecological zones and diversified resources. Therefore, Ethiopia offers opportunities to invest on food crops, beverage crops and cotton. Among the various agricultural and agro-industrial sectors, the following are the main ones:

  • Coffee and Tea
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Flowers
  • Livestock and poultry
  • Pulses
  • Oil Seeds



  • Leather and leather products
  • Textiles and textile products and garments
  • Building materials (steel, cement, etc)
  • Food and beverage industries, including breweries, starch and glucose compel, baby food unit, etc
  • Automotive industry, including production of components and spare parts (Lifan Motors, Peugeot, and Hyundai can be good examples.)


Ethiopia also offers an excellent opportunity to invest in mining. According to the Ministry of Mines,, Ethiopia has a great potential in mining in general, and gold in particular. Ethiopia has also a good potential in deposits of tantalum, platinum, nickel, potash and soda ash. In addition, marble, granite, limestone, clay, gypsum, gemstone, iron ore, coal, copper etc are found in Ethiopia. The Ogaden, the Gambella, the Blue Nile and the Southern Rift Valley sedimentary basins also offer significant opportunities for oil and natural.


As per the information provided by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism,, Ethiopia is endowed with various tourist attractions having natural, historical and cultural attractions. For instance, the Country has a land of natural contrasts, from the tops of the rugged Semein Mountains to the depths of the Danakil Depression, at 120 meters below sea level of the lowest dry land points on earth. It is a country of great antiquities, cultures and traditions. Ethiopia became the fastest growing travel destination in the world in 2019. In 2023, the industry is showing signs of revival after Covid-19 and a devstating war in the northern part of the Country.


  • Large scale construction
  • Construction and management of international hotels and resort facilities (many such international hotels and resorts are being constructed in almost every parts of the country and there is still a huge need.)