Ethiopia sets $200,000 minimum spend for foreign investors


Ethiopia has set a minimum threshold of $200,000 for foreigners looking to invest in local businesses and infrastructure projects.

The move comes as part of the East African nation’s privatisation plans for the year ahead, part of which welcomes foreign investment across a wide range of sectors. The government is setting out clear benchmarks for the type of industries it wants to secure foreign investment and the kind of capital it expects to generate from each investor.

Ethiopia sets foreign investment thresholds

Ethiopia’s government has set a minimum threshold of $200,000 for individual foreign investors looking to invest in local business and infrastructure projects. For those interested in a joint venture with a domestic partner, the threshold drops to $150,000 and this figure drops further still for architectural and engineering initiatives, according to a draft proposal.

As part of Ethiopia’s privatisation drive, the government plans to sell a majority stake in its national telecoms firm, Ethio Telecom, in 2020. The company is one of the country’s four economic pillars, which also includes Ethiopian Airlines, Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation and Ethiopian Shipping & Logistics Services Enterprises.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed plans to sell stakes in all four firms and open key sectors to greater competition, breaking away from Ethiopia’s previous economic model of state-run industries.

Featured image: By Francisco Anzola from United States – Ethio Telecom, CC BY 2.0,


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Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.