e-Course: Doing Business in Ethiopia

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Syllabus of the Online Course (Subject): Foreign Trade and Business in Ethiopia. Addis Ababa.

  1. Introduction to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (East Africa)
  2. Ethiopian Economy
  3. International Trade of Ethiopia
  4. Doing Business in Addis Ababa
  5. Case Study:
    1. Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation
    2. ZTE Group (China) in Ethiopia
    3. Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Ali Al-Amoudi
    4. Mimi Alemayehou
  6. Business Opportunities:
    1. Coffee
    2. Cotton
    3. Textile
    4. Leather
    5. Horticulture
    6. Mining
    7. Tourism
  7. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Ethiopia
  8. Access to the Ethiopian Market
  9. Business Plan for Ethiopia

The objectives of the Online Course / Subject “Foreign Trade and Business in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia” are the following:

  1. To analyse the Ethiopian economy and foreign trade
  2. To evaluate business opportunities in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
  3. To explore Ethiopian trade relations with the student's country
  4. To know Ethiopian Free Trade Agreements (FTAs)
  5. To examine the profile of the Ethiopian business people and companies
  6. To develop a business plan for the Ethiopian Market
The eLearning Course (Subject) “Doing Business in Ethiopia” is part of the following Online Higher Education Programs taught by EENI Business School & HA University:
  1. Doctorates: Business in Africa, Foreign Trade
  2. Masters: Africa, Frontier Markets, and International Business
  3. Course: Business in East Africa
  4. Bachelor of Science in Inter-African Business

Online African Students (Masters, Doctorates)

Higher Education programs adapted for Ethiopian Students.

Course learning materials in Master in International Business in English or Study, Master in International Business in French Éthiopie Masters Foreign Trade in Portuguese Etiopia Study Master Doctorate Business in Spanish Etiopía

  1. Credits of the Online Course / Subject “Foreign Trade and Business in Ethiopia”: 3 ECTS Credits
  2. Duration: three weeks

Example of the Online Course - Doing Business in Ethiopia:
Sheikh Mohammed Al-Amoudi Ethiopian Businessman (Course)





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Description of the Online Course: Doing Business in Ethiopia.

Mimi Alemayehou Ethiopian Businesswoman (Course)

Landlocked country.

  1. The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia is advantageously situated in the Horn of Africa
  2. Ethiopia is one of the oldest nations in the World
  3. The Kingdom of Aksum (Ethiopia and Eritrea) was one of the first Christian countries in the World, having officially adopted Christianity as the state religion in the 4th century
  4. The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia is one of the largest regional markets in Africa with 105 million people (84% of the population lives in the rural areas)
  5. Main Ethiopian ethnic groups are Oromo and Amhara
  6. Amharic is the official working language
  7. Capital of Ethiopia : Addis Ababa
  8. The largest Ethiopian cities are Addis Ababa, Adama, Mek'ele, Awasa, Dessie and Dire Dawa
  9. The borders of Ethiopia are Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya, Eritrea, South Sudan, and Sudan
  10. Area of Ethiopia: 1,127,127 square kilometers
  11. Abolition of Slavery in Ethiopia: 1924

More information: Ethiopia (African Portal - EENI Business School & HA University).

  1. Addis Ababa
  2. Adama
  3. Mek'ele
  4. Awasa
  5. Dessie
  6. Dire Dawa
  7. Transport and logistics in Ethiopia
  8. History of Ethiopia

Africa: Foreign Trade and Business (Master)

Religions of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia:

  1. Orthodox Christian (63% of the population)
  2. Sunni Islam (34%)
    1. The Islamic courts have jurisdiction in cases of marriage, divorce, guardianship of minor (only if both parties are Muslims)
  3. African Traditional Religions

Ethiopia belongs to the East African Economic Area (African Civilisation).

Case Study: Ethiopian Airlines

Ethiopian Economy:

Ethiopia: the headquarters of the African Union and the Economic Commission for Africa. African frontier market.

  1. Ethiopia is an African frontier market
  2. The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia is richly gifted with immense human resources, arable land, and natural resources (gold, platinum, marble, tantalite, copper, potash, soda ash, zinc, nickel, iron, and natural gas; much of it yet to be exploited)
  3. Ethiopia is a fast growing market
  4. Ethiopia is one of the leading African economies
  5. The Ethiopian economy remains firmly dependent on agriculture (50% of the gross domestic product)
  6. Coffee exports account for 65% of foreign exchange earnings (processed hides and skins are the second)
  7. Ethiopia is the second largest African maize producer
  8. Main economic activities in Addis Ababa are steel products leather products, textiles, cement, tires, blankets, food, and beverages

Foreign direct investment (FDI) in Ethiopia

  1. The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia has untapped resources and a friendly foreign direct investment code
  2. Main opportunities for investment are cut flower, garment, and meat processing
  3. The Ethiopian Investment Agency is the governmental body responsible for promoting foreign direct investment (FDI) in Ethiopia

Ethiopia's Preferential Access and Trade Agreements:

  1. Ethiopia is a member of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)
  2. Under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), Ethiopia has preferential access to the United States Market
  3. Ethiopia is a beneficiary of the Generalised System of Preferences (European Union)/Africa-European Union Strategic Partnership
  4. COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Agreement

African Highways Networks:

  1. Cairo-Gaborone Corridor
  2. N’Djamena-Djibouti Corridor

The Nearest Ports:

  1. Port of Djibouti: the main foreign trade port of Ethiopia. Rail and road links
  2. Port of Mombasa
  3. Port Sudan

e-Course: Port of Djibouti

COMESA Custom Union

Ethiopia is a member of:

  1. African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa are in Addis Ababa
  2. Nile Basin Initiative
  3. African Development Bank
  4. New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD)
  5. Forum Africa (Ethiopia) China
  6. Forum Africa (Ethiopia) India
  7. Africa (Ethiopia) - South America Summit

Samples - Business in Ethiopia

Course: Doing Business in Ethiopia

Cairo-Gaborone Corridor (Trans-African Highway)

COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Agreement (Course)

N’Djamena-Djibouti Trans-African Highway

The Ethiopian Telecommunications corporation provides world-class telecommunications services including basic telephony, mobile and the Internet. The company is the sole telecommunication service provider in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

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