Minimum Capital Requirements for Foreign Investors in Ethiopia

Minimum Capital Requirements for Foreign Investors

Any foreign investor shall be required to allocate a minimum capital of USD 200,000.00 (two hundred  thousand) for a single investment project to invest in Ethiopia. 

However, the minimum capital required of a  foreign investor jointly investing with a domestic investor shall be USD 150,000.00 (one hundred  fifty thousand). 

The minimum capital required for a foreign investor investing in architectural or engineering works or related technical consultancy services, technical testing and analysis or in publishing works shall be;

 a) USD 100,000.00 (one hundred thousand) if the investment is made on his own; 

 b) USD 50,000.00 (fifty thousand) if the investment is made jointly with a domestic investor. 

The minimum capital requirement stated all in above statments shall not apply to:

a) Foreign investor re-investing his profits or dividends generated from his existing enterprise,

b) Persons elected as members of board of  directors following the change of a private limited company to share company; and

c) A foreign investor buying the entirety of an existing enterprise owned by a foreign investor or the shares therein. 

Any foreign investor who bring investment capital into the country should register it by the appropriate investment organ within one year and obtain a certificate of registration.


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