| KFC to Enter Ethiopian Market
February 10, 2018 - Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), one of the largest restaurant chains in the US, to launch the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) franchise in Ethiopia within a year. KFC’s franchise restaurants in Addis Ababa will be run by Ethiopia’s most recognized coffee shop brand Kalid’s coffee.
“We are in the final stages of negotiation to bring the brand here in Ethiopia. We have settled on most of the details and we are closer to having to sign the final document within weeks. We are excited,” said Elias Ketema Kalid’s representative.
The company behind KFC, the Kentucky based
| Ethiopian Airlines to Start Direct Flight to Chicago
February 5, 2018 - Ethiopia’s flag carrier, Ethiopian Airlines Group, announced that it will start its direct flight from Addis Ababa to Chicago effective as of June 02, 2018. Regarding the launch of the service, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, remarked: “Chicago will be our 4th destination in the U.S. and our 7th in the Americas. It is the third biggest city in the U.S. and one of the most important global aviation hubs. We will be filling a critical air connectivity vacuum as our flights will be the only direct service between Chicago and Africa.”
The Ethiopian will connect to C
| Ethiopian Government Charges Steel Bar Producers for Price Fixing
January 28, 2018 - Ethiopian Trade Competition and Consumer Protection Authority charged 21 local steel bar producers for price fixing following Ethiopia’s birr devaluation. The Ethiopian producers and importers, according to the charges, are guilty of fixed selling prices on the same day the devaluation was announced.
The Ethiopian Trade Competition and Consumer Protection Proclamation prohibit such price fixing arrangements between any market actors in Ethiopia.
“An agreement between or concerted practice by business persons or a decision by association of business persons in a horizontal relationship shall
| Ethiopia Earns $143 Million from Oilseeds Export
January 20, 2018 - During the first five months of this Ethiopian fiscal year, Ethiopia has secured USD 143.876 million from exports of oilseeds, reports Ethiopian Ministry of Trade. The revenue earned during the stated period exceeded the plan by 11.2 percent, Shimelis Arega, senior PR expert at the Ministry said.
Ethiopia earned the stated revenue from the export of 128,399 tons of oilseeds, showing a 4.3 percent increase compared to the target.
The increase in price of sesame in the global market, and strong monitoring and support mechanism attributed to the achievement, he added.
The revenue gained and the amount exporte
| Ethiopian Construction Mogul to Invest in Solar Park
January 7, 2018 - Samuel Tafesse the founder of Sunshine Construction announced plans to build a solar park in Ethiopia. “At the moment, we are exploring opportunities in power generation,” the 60-year old entrepreneur told Forbes Africa. “I wouldn’t want to give away too much but we have currently teamed up with Globeleq – one of Africa’s leading power companies to establish a 100 MW IPP solar park in Ethiopia," said Samuel.
Ethiopia has begun to embrace solar energy as an option to address its surging energy needs and also as a means to cut soaring energy costs as it aspire
| Dangote Group to Double Investments in Ethiopia
January 5, 2018 - Dangote Group announced plans to double its investment in Ethiopia. The announcement came following talks Aliko Dangote, owner of the Dangote Group, had with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. During the talks, PM Hailemariam confirmed Ethiopia’s commitment to provide the necessary support for investment, according to Zadig Abreha, media and public relations deliverology minister of the Prime Minister.
Media had been reporting that Dangote could quit its investment in Ethiopia due to the instability occurred in some places, however, the group’s current expansion activities invalidate all the reports,
| Ethiopia's Newest Gold Plant Begins Production
January 2, 2018 - Meli gold plant in Ethiopia's Tigray regional state began regular production, reports FBC. The factory is expected to earn Ethiopia more than 40 million US dollars in this fiscal year (2017/18).
The plant, which is under the patronage of Ezana Mining Development Company, EFFORT’s sister company, is processing from two up to three kilograms of gold per day.
Tsegay Assefa, general manager of the plant, said the company plans to raise its daily production to 4.5 kilograms.The plant has created more than 200 temporary and permanent jobs, he said.
| Ethiopia's Banking Sector Gets New Entrant
December 27, 2017 - A new bank under establishment called Dalol Bank SC is subscribing shares by public offering to become the newest entrant to Ethiopia’s banking industry, reports Ethiopian English weekly newspaper Addis Fortune. The company has issued shares with 1,000 par value with the minimum number of shares an individual can buy being 25.
When the bank joins the market, dominated by the state owned Commercial Bank of Ethiopia, it will become the 17th private bank and the 19 bank in the entire country.
According to the National Bank of Ethiopia’s directives the minimum capital requirement for banks is 500 Million
| Ethiopia Launches $276 Million Business Financing Project
December 27, 2017 - Secured from the World Bank Group (WBG) and the European Investment Bank (EIB), the $276 million is set to be channeled to competent entrepreneurs engaged in the construction, mining, textile, agro-processing, tourism and the like.
A lease financing project targeting some 3000 entrepreneurs operating Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) engaged in manufacturing industries is set to provide USD 276 million.
The project component was launched two years ago under the Federal Small and Medium Manufacturing Development Agency with the aim of introducing a lease financing scheme in a view to serve “the
| Ambo Mineral Water, East African Bottling to Pay 500 Million Birr Fine
December 23, 2017 - Following months of legal wrangling, the Administrative Tribunal with the Ethiopian Trade Practices and Consumers Protection Authority, presiding over the illegal merger case between two Ethiopian beverage giants Ambo Mineral Water PLC and the East African Bottling Company, ruled against the duo. The administrative tribunal has also ordered the two companies to pay half a billion birr in penalty fees.
The ruling states that both companies would pay five percent of their annual income of last year. According to sources close to the case, last year’s annual turnover of East African Bottling alone is estimated in the neighbo
| Ethiopia, AfDB Sign 2.7 Billion Birr Loan Agreement
December 21, 2017 - African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Ethiopian government signed 2.77 billion birr agreement which will be used for Addis Ababa Power Supply Improvement Project, reports Ethiopian News Agency. During the signing ceremony,Ethiopian Finance and Economic Cooperation State Minister, Dr. Admasu Nebebe said the project will help to create sufficient and reliable electric power transmission and distribution capacity.
Of this, some 2.35 billion birr and about 415.66 million birr is in the form of loan and grant, respectively, and will be used to address existing constraints in electric infrastructure and meet the growing demand in th
| Ethiopia Inks Agreement to Build $4 Billion Geothermal Power Plants
December 20, 2017 - Ethiopia signed an agreement to build two geothermal power plants at a combined cost of $4 billion, to be run by the country’s first privately-owned utility.The Corbetti and Tulu Moye plants will produce a combined 1,000 MW of power upon completion in eight years time in the volcanically-active Rift Valley in southern Ethiopia. As Ethiopia’s first privately-owned utility, the project will be operated by the developers for a period of 25 years.
Ethiopia is eager to meet rising energy demand from its industries as well as becoming the continent’s biggest exporter of energy.
| Ethiopian Centeral Bank Issues New Directive on Letter of Credit
December 14, 2017 - Ethiopian centeral bank, National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE), has issued a new rule for banks regarding approving of letters of credit (LC). The new directive dictates that Ethiopian banks should use the given price of items when allocating hard currency. In other words, the LC amount should correspond to the actual price of the to be imported items.
As it stands, importers are not under obligation to submit the price of the imported items at exporting countries market. Thus importers would ask for hard currency for some amount at banks and fill the rest from different sources; mainly from parallel sources or black markets.
| Ethiopia Earns 31.2 million USD from Textile, Garment Exports
December 12, 2017 - Over the last three months Ethiopia has earned 31.2 million USD from textile and garment export, disclosed the Ethiopian Textile Industry Development Institute. The Institute also stated that the foreign currency generated from the textile sector has been steadily growing.
Institute Communication Directorate Director Bantihun Gessesse told The Ethiopian Herald that textile products have entered into Germany, Italy, China and United States through AGOA.
The burgeoning of the textile industries triggers the expansion of cotton farming by public, private sector and small scale farmers. Currently, the total cott
| Ministry of Mines Issues Gold and Silver Mining License to Ethio-Canadian Company
December 6, 2017 - Ethiopian Ministry of Mines, Petroleum and Natural Gas disclosed that it has issued a large-scale gold and silver mining license for the Ethio-Canada company, Harvest Plc.
The Ethiopian Minister of Mines, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Motuma Mekassa, and Wubshet Kassaye, manager of Harvest Plc, signed the agreement which will run for a period of six years and subjected for renewal for up to ten years.
The company was licensed to carry out mining activities in western Tigray zone, norther part of Ethiopia, on 2.7682 square kilometers of land at a cost of over 65.29 million US dollars, according to the minis
| Former ECX CEO Becomes Head of New Television Station
December 3, 2017 - African Renaissance Television Service (ARTS), a new television station under formation, announced the hiring of Ermias Eshetu, the former CEO of Ethiopia Commodity Exchange, as its new CEO.
Ermias tendered his resignation to the board of directors of ECX back in September this year. Ermias, a native of Ethiopia, received his Master’s degree in International Business from Manchester School of Management, and continued to work at several multinational Fortune 500 companies including Alcatel, IBM, and Orange, developing and implementing successful business strategies.
“Having founded many businesses of his own, Erm
| Ethiopian Industry Parks Created 40,000 Jobs - Government
December 2, 2017 - Ethiopian Investment Commission (EIC) reported that the 5 industrial parks operating in Ethiopia have created around 40,000 job opportunities. The industrial parks are Bole lemi, Hawassa, George shoe, Eastern industrial and Velocity. Out of these parks, Bole lemi and Hawassa industrial parks are owned by the Ethiopian government.
From these 5 industrial parks, Bole Lemi is the biggest one and it employs 14,000 people. According to Mekonnen Hailu, EIC’s public relations head, the number of job opportunities would increase following the recently inaugurated 9 sheds in kembolcha and 15 sheds in Mekelle indu
| Ethiopian Central Bank Issues New Directive on Foreign Currency
November 30, 2017 - The National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE) has issued new directives on foreign currency related issues to promote foreign direct investment and export, reports FBC. NBE Foreign Exchange Director, Yenehasab Tadesse revelaed this during a dialogue organized by the Ethiopian Investment Commission on foreign currency and immigration related issues.
According to Yenehasab, the bank has issued a directive to all banks to allocate 40 percent of their foreign currency to priority sectors. The priority sectors can also obtain up to 60 percent external loan and sub-price credit that allow investors to get machinery and equipment from abroad.
| Ethiopian Tax Authority Collects 63 Billion Birr Tax; Missed Target
November 24, 2017 - Ethiopia’s government has collected 63 billion Birr from tax in the first quarter of the current fiscal year, disclosed the Ethiopian Revenue and Customs Authority (ERCA).According to Moges Balcha, Director General of ERCA, the tax collected had missed the target set for the period at the beginning of the current fiscal year, 72 billion Birr. The target for the fiscal year was 230 billion Birr, he added.
It was only 60 percent of the entire 16,000 taxpayers that reported profit that presented their taxable income, Moges added. Around 28 percent of these taxpayers, reported loss, he furthered.
| Ethiopia Earns 959 Million US Dollars from Tourism
November 20, 2017 - Ethiopian Ministry of culture and tourism reported that Ethiopia earned 959 million US dollars from tourists who visited the country in the first quarter of this Ethiopian fiscal year (July-September, 2017).
More than 256,000 tourists from the US, China, Germany and different African country visited the country in the reported period, according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism (MoCT).
The quarterly revenue increased by 9.9 percent compared to the same period the preceding year since peace and stability have returned to normalcy in areas affected by conflict, said Gezahegn Abate, Public and International Relations Dire