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Evaluating the market in Ethiopia

We can help you get a better understanding of market activity, relationships and support to grow your business.

EDC Position

EDC Country Position – Open on a restricted basis

Open on restricted basis

What this means:

  • Responsive approach to business
  • EDC solutions are available on a restricted basis
How does EDC determine the position?

Risk Rating

EDC Country Position – High Risk

High Risk

What this means:

The Commercial Country Ceiling (CCC) Risk Rating is measured from low to high, and is meant to represent the best possible rating that can be assigned to a commercial business (obligor) in a country.

How does EDC determine the risk rating?

Business environment in Ethiopia

While landlocked, the country is strategically located in the horn of Africa, and is one of the largest on the continent. Ethiopia has enjoyed significant economic growth in recent years, led by agriculture, services and construction. Ethiopia's economy remains dependent on the agriculture sector, mainly the export of coffee. Its fertile land lakes and rivers offer opportunities for expansion of irrigated agriculture, fish production and significant hydroelectric power generation. Existing trade with neighboring countries and Canada is limited, but we see good trade opportunities across a wide range of sectors that match Canadian capabilities. Ethiopia is a member of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa -COMESA-.
  • Aerospace
  • Agriculture
  • Environmental Infrastructure & Waste Water 
  • Mining & Metals
  • Power
  • Transportation Services
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Alicia McCarthy

Senior Trade Advisor, EDC

Alicia McCarthy  Senior Trade Advisor, EDC