A city in Ethiopia



Your opportunities in Africa’s second-largest market

With a population of some 101 million people, Ethiopia is now Africa’s second most populous country. Economic growth there has been among the highest in the world since the start of the new millennium. The Government is actively promoting industrial and business parks and is opening up state sectors for the private sector by pursuing economic reforms. This in turn is helping to boost the country’s economy and sending out a positive signal to foreign investors: Ethiopia has seen exponential growth in foreign investment since 2012. 

Regardless of which sector you operate in, we can help you identify and overcome investment obstacles and harness the promising investment opportunities that exist in Ethiopia. We offer a tailor-made package of advice, contacts and financial support. More information about our broad range of offerings is available here.

In cooperation with our Ethiopian partners, we are developing attractive business locations, including industrial and business parks, and taking targeted measures to promote growth sectors. In Ethiopia, these are the textiles industry and the agriculture and food sector. Agriculture accounts for more than 30 per cent of Ethiopia’s gross domestic product (GDP) and continues to be one of the country’s most attractive investment sectors. However, our activities are not limited to these sectors.

Are you a small or medium-sized Ethiopian enterprise? We can help you enhance your competitiveness or tap into new markets.

You can find further detailed information about Ethiopia and the country’s current economic data here:


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This is how Invest for Jobs supported companies in Ethiopia during the Covid-19 pandemic

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Invest for Jobs has supported local businesses with economic stabilisation measures. The aim was to preserve jobs and secure investment for the time being. To achieve this, Invest for Jobs engaged in close dialogue with local partners. These measures contributed to maintaining the positive trends in the economic development in Ethiopia throughout the pandemic.

Women are sewing fabric  © GIZ / Solomon Shigute


We are looking forward to hearing from you

Under the Invest for Jobs brand, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has put together a package of measures to support German, European and African companies in investment activities that have a high impact on employment in Africa. The Special Initiative "Decent Work for a Just Transition" – the official title – offers comprehensive advice, contacts and financial support to overcome investment barriers. The development objective is to work together with companies to create up to 100,000 good jobs and to improve working conditions and social protection in its African partner countries.

Partner countries: Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal and Tunisia.

Find out more about our services for companies, universities, chambers and associations: https://invest-for-jobs.com/en/offers

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