Ethiopia

Ethiopia

Ethiopia’s draft capital markets bill

One of Africa’s biggest economies is taking a step closer to establishing a capital market to allocate capital more efficiently. The National Bank of Ethiopia …

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Ethiopia aims for stock exchange by 2020

Ethiopia has set itself a tight timetable for economic reform, including privatization of telecoms by the end of 2019 and a domestic stock exchange by …

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World Bank $1.2bn to supporting financial sector in Ethiopia

The World Bank has announced that it will give a $600m grant and a $600m loan towards supporting reforms in Ethiopia’s financial sector including improving the investment climate, according to Reuters, plus technical support.

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Politics getting better, Ethiopia ready for business says Arkebe Oqubay at UK-Ethiopia forum

A packed room of businesspeople and investors assembled in London on 16 October to hear about opportunities and news at the UK-Ethiopia Trade & Investment Forum 2018. Leader of the delegation was Arkebe Oqubay, Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister, who gave a detailed overview of events of the last 6 months and the big ambitions driving Ethiopia.

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Why Ethiopia needs a stock exchange as it liberalizes

One of Africa’s biggest economies. Ethiopia, announced a transformational liberalization and privatization campaign. But there is no Ethiopian stock exchange, limiting participation by citizens and domestic savings funds, and cutting transparency.

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Egypt is Africa’s new #1 investment destination

Rand Merchant Bank’s (RMB) Where to Invest in Africa 2018 report shows changes in the top investment destinations in Africa. Egypt is the new number 1, pushing South Africa to 2nd, while Nigeria and Algeria crashed out of the top 10. But African countries are still at the lower end of global performance as investment destinations.

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Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX) CEO resigns

The CEO of the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX), Ermias Eshetu, has tendered his resignation, according to a news report. He will stay until a successor is found.

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Do African commodities exchanges achieve the desired results?

The Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX) has received at least $29m in donor funding since 2008 but is it achieving its aims of transforming agriculture for small farmers? A review of some articles.

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Ethiopian Commodity Exchange gets online trading platform

The Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX) has unveiled an online trading platform, eTRADE, that has capacity for nearly 5,000 times more transactions than its current “open outcry”.

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Why do Africa’s commodity exchanges fail and why do donors love them?

Commodity exchange trading floors failed in in 5 countries, but at least 8 new commodity exchanges were started in sub-Saharan Africa over the past two decades with the aim of improving food security for local populations when the money could have been better spent.

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Insights of private equity in Ethiopia – Schulze Global Investments

Great interview with Schulze Global Investments, the longest-established private equity firm in Ethiopia and run by a family office, with useful insights into the private equity landscape and trends.

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“Africa’s largest” Helios III private equity fund to close at $1.1bn

Leading African private investment firm Helios Investment Partners, says it is about to close its 3rd Africa-focused private equity fund Helios III at the $1.1 billion limit, making it the largest fund.

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Demand soars for Ethiopia’s debut $1bn Eurobond, yields 6.625%

Ethiopia saw soaring demand yesterday (4 Dec) for its debut $1bn Eurobond, after a quick US roadshow. Total demand was $2.6bn and the yield on the 10-year bond was settled at a relatively low 6.625%.

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$1.4bn petroleum pipeline proposed for Ethiopia

Private companies have proposed to the Ethiopian and Djibouti governments a $1.4 billion pipeline to bring petroleum to a distribution centre in Awash, Ethiopia. It would take two years to complete.

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Ethiopia’s $865m rail finance part of $15bn rail projects

The Ethiopian Government recently closed a $865m financing package to fund part of the development of the country’s giant new railway infrastructure, with 5,060km of rail costing up to $15bn.

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Ethiopia to ring in new year with Eurobond

Ethiopia’s Finance Minister is meeting international banks Barclays, Citi and BNP Paribas about a planned Eurobond issue for late December 2014 or January 2015. The amount is unknown, the duration is likely to be “at least 10 years”.

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Ethiopia lures manufacturing with cheap power and labour costs a tenth of China’s

Low-cost manufacturing is shifting from China to Ethiopia, lured by cheap electricity and labour costs that are a tenth of China’s. Ethiopia is building a name for producing clothes, shoes and other basic goods, while also tackling transport bottlenecks.

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Ethiopia gets credit ratings from S&P and Fitch, plans Eurobond

Ethiopia, Africa’s fifth biggest economy, is thinking of a debut Eurobond, after it received its first international credit ratings on 9 May: it got B from Fitch and B/B from Standard & Poors.

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The Africa Report food for thought on the “great game” in East Africa

An intriguing article just published by The Africa Report highlights the potential of the East African region, where the economy is forecast to grow 18-fold to $3.5 trn by 2050, and the growing links, self-determination, infrastructure and risks.

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Nairobi Securities Exchange invites Ethiopian firms to list

Kenya has invited Ethiopian companies to list on the Nairobi Securities Exchange in a ground-breaking move that would let them raise capital and trade their shares