Ethiopia is a country endowed with abundant and diversified natural resources and diverse climate. It has also several agro-ecological zones and sub-zones, each with its own physical and biological potential. These and other factors make the country favorable for undertaking investment in various areas. The priority areas of investment that the Government most wants to attract foreign direct investment/FDI/ as well as domestic investment include:

  • Horticulture,
  • Floriculture,
  • Agro-processing,
  • Textile and garment and
  • Leather and leather products

Other areas of investment include agriculture and allied activities (livestock’s, fishery, forestry, etc), mining, cement tourism, grade I construction, services such as health and education, hydro-power, etc. For further information read Ethiopian Investment Guide 2015 or visit

About Investment Regulation in Ethiopia

Ethiopia’s primary law concerning foreign investment is the Investment Proclamation. This page contains a guide to the existing investment proclamations and regulations. It is meant to serve as a quick guide to investment in Ethiopia. It also has descriptions of areas of investment reserved for the Government or joint investment with Government; areas of investment reserved for domestic investors; areas of investment exclusively reserved for Ethiopian nationals; areas of investment open for foreign investors; capital requirement for foreign investors and forms of investments in Ethiopia.

  1. Investment Proclamation No. 769/2012 (Download) and its amendment Proclamation No. 849/2014 (Download)
  2. Council of Ministers Regulations No. 270/2012 Investment Incentives and Investment Areas Reserved for Domestic Investors Council of Ministers Regulation (Download) and its amendment Regulation No. 312/2014 (Download).
  3. The Commercial Code 1960 (provides the legal base for doing business in Ethiopia) (Download)