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:
economic growth (2023) *estimated value
of total exports were food (2021)
of parliament seats held by women (2021)
09.08.2023 - A study commissioned by Invest for Jobs shows that there are considerable opportunities to create jobs and attract investors in the menstrual hygiene sector.
01.06.2023 - The Calls for Proposals by the Facility Investing for Employment (IFE) are open from 1 June to 7 July 2023 in Egypt, Ethiopia, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Rwanda, Senegal, and Tunisia. A special application category "Climate" is available in three countries.
17.04.2023 - The Facility Investing for Employment will soon launch competition rounds in Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Rwanda, Senegal, and Tunisia. The Calls for Proposals are open to projects that have the potential to create a high number of jobs. There will be a special category “Climate” in three countries.
04.04.2023 - If you want to invest in Ethiopia but are facing specific obstacles, we can assist you with your project. To create good jobs in Ethiopia, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is now launching a Call for Expression of Interest (EoI) within the framework of the Special Initiative "Decent Work for a Just Transition".
11.01.2023 - To implement BMZ’s development-policy priority areas in the 20th legislative period and to address changing global challenges, the Special Initiative on Training and Job Creation will have a new name and focus. As of January 2023, it will be called Special Initiative "Decent Work for a Just Transition".
21.11.2022 - The Facility Investing for Employment has launched a Call for Proposals in Egypt, Ethiopia, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Rwanda, Senegal, and Tunisia
27.09.2022 - The Learning Experience Design (LXD) Academy has trained with the support of Invest for Jobs 110 Ethiopian digital professionals to acquire learning experience design skills. After three months of teachings, the training culminated in a Demo Day on July 29, 2022, where students presented prototypes of their self-designed applications.
13.09.2022 - The Facility Investing for Employment (IFE) offers co-financing grants for projects with a high job creation impact. On 21 November 2022, the Facility will launch a Regional Call for Proposals in Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Rwanda, Senegal, and Tunisia.
18.02.2022 - The Alliance for Product Quality in Africa as part of Invest for Jobs and the GIZ-project ‘Supporting Sustainability Aspects in the Implementation of EU Economic Partnership Agreements (NEW)’ are inviting agricultural advisors in Botswana, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Morocco, Namibia, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa as well as in Tunisia to a three-day webinar series on the new EU organic regulations.
09.02.2022 - The European Commission, the African Union Commission, as well as EU and African business organisations are co-organizing the 7th EU-Africa Business Forum (EABF22) which will mainly take place online. For three days, African and European political and business leaders from various sectors will be brought together to exchange on EU-African trade and investment opportunities. Within the event, Invest for Jobs hosts two interesting workshops about the textile and sustainable mobility sector.
20.10.2021 - Coming into force by 1st January 2022, the new EU-organic regulation will entail substantial changes for producers in African countries. Affected companies and those who are generally interested in organic certification are invited to participate in a webinar series hosted by the GfRS between 25th of October and 12th of November 2021. Registration is open until Friday 22nd October.
18.06.2021 - How can jobs and apprenticeships be created in Africa’s digital service sector? How is the Special Initiative "Decent Work for a Just Transition" promoting the local digital economy? These and other questions were the focus of the online panel discussion ‘Digitalisation as a driver for employment?’ held by the German Africa Foundation (DAS) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) on 20 May.
11.05.2021 - The German Africa Foundation and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) cordially invite you to the online discussion Digitalisation as a driver for employment? How the Special Initiative "Decent Work for a Just Transition" is generating
employment in Africa through innovative approaches. The event will take place on the 20 May 2021 from 3:00 to 4:30 pm (CEST).
28.04.2021 - The Good Business (TGB), launched in March 2021, is a COVID-19 response business development program that supports entrepreneurs in Ethiopia. TGB has started with two programs launching simultaneously in Ethiopia: a business development programme for start-ups and the TGB Evolver for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). So far 10 start-ups for TGB Accelerator and 8 SMEs for TGB Evolver have been selected.
17.03.2021 - Three Ethiopian small and medium companies are getting marketing and fashion industry expert assistance to enter the European market through financial support from the Special Initiative "Decent Work for a Just Transition" under Sequa’s administration. Enzi footwear, Kabana leather and Shimena enterprise are the first batch of companies that are being promoted in the international business to business market.
26.02.2021 - The Covid-19 pandemic has caused a worldwide economic downturn. The Ethiopian garment and textile industry are also feeling the effects of this downturn with job losses and idle work. With a project for face mask production we are contributing to preserve jobs in the industry.
14.01.2021 - The Special Initiative "Decent Work for a Just Transition" Creation supports the Ethiopian Ministry of Trade and Industry during the Corona pandemic in facilitating the manufacturing of 20.000 camp beds made from locally produced bamboo and quality cotton from Senegal. The first cotton delivery arrived in Ethiopia on Januar 12th 2021. The beds will be distributed to rural health stations to help address the expected surge of patients in these locations.
11.11.2020 - A study conducted by Siemens Stiftung and commissioned by the Special Initiative "Decent Work for a Just Transition" predicts that social enterprises can provide up to one million new jobs in twelve African countries between 2020 and 2030.
Harness the great investment opportunities that Ethiopia offers. Our experts will be happy to advise you.
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.
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