Investment permit requirements for a foreign investor in Ethiopia

Investment permit requirements for a foreign investor in Ethiopia

In order to obtain investment permit, any foreign investor must fill out online application form and submit same to the Commission accompanied by the following documents: 

  1. Where the application is filed by an agent, a copy of a valid authorization document, 
  2. Where the investment is to be made by a sole proprietor,
    • a copy of bio-pages of a valid passport showing his identity,
    • two recent passport photo size photographs,
  3. Where the investment is to be made by an Ethiopian national permanently residing abroad who prefers treatment as a foreign investor,
  • a copy of document evidencing his permanent residence abroad
  • two recent passport photo size photographs: 
  1. Where the investment is to be made by a business organization: –
    • A copy of Memorandum of Association,
    • Articles of Association of the business organization,
    • Commercial registration certificate
    • a copy of bio-pages of a valid passport of each shareholder: showing his identity,
    • two recent passport photo size photographs of the general manager.
  2. Where the business organization has a foreign national member who can be considered a domestic investor,
    • a copy of an identity card or other relevant document establishing such status.
  3. Where there is a business organization in the business organization,
    • a copy of its Memorandum of Association
    • Articles of Association or A similar constitutive constitutive document. 
    • commercial registration certificate
    • a copy of minutes of resolution passed by authorized organ of the parent in business organization resolving to engage investment activity in Ethiopia.
  4. Where the investment is to be made by an Ethiopian branch of a business organization incorporated abroad:
  • A copy of Memorandum of Association
  • Articles of Associations or similar constitutive document
  • Commercial registration certificate of the parent business organization: 
  • A copy of document attesting appointment of the branch manager,
  • two recent passport photo v size photographs
  • a copy of bio-pages of a valid passport or identity card of the manager; 
  • A copy of minutes the authorized of resolution of organ of the parent business organization resolving to establish a branch business organization in Ethiopia
  • Document evidencing the financial position or profile of the investors when deemed appropriate by the Commission. 
  •  Documents under the above Article originating from outside of Ethiopia must be authenticated by foreign and domestic bodies authorized to authenticate documents.

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