Doing Business in Ethiopia
U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa provides four key areas of focus: U.S. trade facilitation, U.S. investment facilitation, promotion and advocacy for U.S. products and services, and reporting, coordination and support.
1. U.S. TRADE FACILITATION
The Economic/Commercial Section of the U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa is the operational arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce in Ethiopia. The Economic/Commercial Section is prepared to assist U.S. companies with:
• Networking and linkage opportunities for financial, operational and technological needs
• Business climate guidance for market entry and importation/exportation activities
• Developing your business advocacy strategies for Ethiopian Government relationships
• Matches with agents and potential business partners for your sector, and
• Information on Ethiopian business requirements and restrictions
Services offered by our Commercial Team
• Gold Key Service (arranging appointment schedule with relevant parties)
• International Company Profile (report on an individual company)
• International Partner Search (compiling information on potential strategic partners)
The Gold Key matching program provides visiting American firms with pre-qualified and pre-screened meetings with potential overseas agents, distributors, sales representatives and strategic business partners. This program features:
• Appointments with pre-screened and pre-qualified Ethiopian firms
• Background and contact information on each potential partner, such as: the size of the company; number of years in business; product or service lines; and capability to provide after-sales service
• Customized market briefing with Commercial Specialists
• Available market research on the relevant industry sector
International Company Profile
The International Company Profile (ICP) helps U.S. companies evaluate potential business partners by providing a detailed report on those companies which have been personally visited by a U.S. Embassy Commercial Section representative in Ethiopia. Clients can request answers to detailed questions about Ethiopian companies on a variety of issues and receive expert advice from our Commercial Specialists about the relative strength of the firm in its market and its reliability.
The International Partner Search
The International Partner Search (IPS) will help you to find the most suitable licensees, distributors, agents and strategic partners. You provide your marketing materials and background on your company and using our extensive contacts in the target market we will identify potential partners and provide you with a detailed description of up to five pre-qualified prospects. You will:
• Save valuable time and money by working only with pre-qualified international partners that best meet your needs.
• Obtain valuable information on the marketability and sales potential of your products and services.
2. FACILITATE U.S. INVESTMENT IN ETHIOPIA
We provide valuable insight into investment opportunities and sectors of interest. We can support individual investors with general information and broad overview of macroeconomic and investment trends. We regularly update the Country Investment Climate Statement, which we make available to prospective investors.
3. PROMOTION AND ADVOCACY FOR U.S. PRODUCTS AND SERVICES
We work with U.S. companies and organizations to help organize trade and promotional opportunities in Ethiopia. We help Ethiopian distributors/importers looking to source quality U.S.-made products and services. We work with Ethiopian companies to help identify trade shows in the U.S. or other locations where we have a large contingent of U.S. companies.
4. REPORTING, COORDINATION AND SUPPORT
We develop and update a variety of publications including the Country Commercial Guide and Country Investment Climate Statement, among others.
We provide coordination and support on a variety of topics including bilateral and multilateral policy issues to include macroeconomic development and trends, agriculture, banking, commerce, economic development, energy, finance, foreign direct investment, intellectual property, labor rights and relations, telecommunications, trade, transportation, as well as environment, science, technology, and health (ESTH).
The Economic and Commercial Section serves as a point of contact for international, governmental, non-governmental, private organizations regarding business, commerce, investment and trade issues. We actively cooperate with other U.S. Government agencies and organizations in the field, such as the U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service.
Ethiopian Government Portal - http://www.ethiopia.gov.et/English/Pages/Home.aspx
National Bank of Ethiopia – http://www.nbe.gov.et/
Commercial Bank of Ethiopia - www.combanketh.com/
Ministry of Foreign Affairs - http://www.ethiopia.gov.et/English/MOFA/Pages/Home.aspx
Ministry of Finance and Economic Development - http://www.mofed.gov.et/
Ministry of Trade and Industry - http://www.ethiopia.gov.et/English/MOTI/Pages/Home.aspx
Ministry of Communication and Information Technology - http://www.mcit.gov.et/
Ministry of Works and Urban Development - http://www.mwud.gov.et/
Ethiopian Investment Agency – http://www.ethioinvest.org/
Ethiopian Privatization Agency – http://www.ppesa.gov.et/
Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce – http://www.addischamber.com/
Ethiopian Telecommunication Agency - http://www.eta.gov.et/
Maritime and Transit Service Enterprise - http://www.ethionet.et/~mtse/
Ethiopian Revenues and Customs Authority - http://www.erca.gov.et/
Direct Line Call with Ambassador Patricia Haslach
“Opportunities for Agri-Business in Ethiopia”
November 12, 2013
Despite a history of drought, Ethiopia has significant agricultural potential across a range of micro-climates suitable for a wide variety of crops. To increase rural employment and income while bolstering export earnings, the government of Ethiopia is offering a range of incentives to agricultural investors. These include free land use in designated regions, free well-drilling and connection to electricity, tax-free status for up to six years and duty-free imports of capital equipment.
In a webinar on November 12, 2013, Ambassador Haslach will provide an introduction to Ethiopia and its agricultural sector, followed by an interactive session in which you can ask questions. Ambassador Haslach will be joined by a panel of experts including Pol/Econ Chief Shannon Cazeau, USAID Senior Agricultural Advisor Cullen Hughes and Foreign Agricultural Service Counselor Quintin Gray.
The webinar will start at 7 pm Addis Ababa time (11 am EST) and last for one hour. If interested in participating, please RSVP no later than November 4, 2013 to: DirectLineAddisAbaba@state.gov.
Ethiopia Commercial Information
Contacts in Ethiopia
U.S. Embassy, Addis Ababa
U.S. Embassy, Addis Ababa
Contacts in Washington
International Trade Specialist
Office of Africa
U.S. Department of Commerce
Senior Coordinator for Trade Promotion
Bureau of African Affairs, Office of Economic Policy Staff
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street, NW
Washington D.C. 20037
Ethiopian Desk Officer
Office of East African Affairs
Bureau of African Affairs
Washington D.C. 20520
Tel: (202) 647-6473
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