Abundant and cheap labor resource
With a population of more than 70 million, 80% of whom living in the rural areas, Ethiopia can provide sufficient labor force, which is competitive in terms of cost. As it is known, the long process required from seedling, cultivating, packing and exporting makes the horticulture and floriculture sector unique in absorbing huge labor force. The cost of labor in Ethiopia is not only lower than some Asian nations, but also African countries such as Tunisia, Mauritius, Kenya, etc.
Moreover, the floricultural and horticultural industry is labor intensive which Ethiopia has a comparative advantage over other African countries. And this uniqueness is beneficial to both the investor and the country. The investor gets cheap labor source and the country benefits by employing huge labor force, even compared to other agricultural sectors.
Based on the aforementioned comparative advantages of Ethiopia, therefore, the government of Ethiopia invites all interested companies to participate in the investment of Ethiopia’s horticulture and floriculture industry. It is possible to set up wholly owned (sole) companies or invest in joint venture with Ethiopian companies. Companies who are interested to invest in Ethiopia can contact the Ethiopian Embassy in Beijing or the Honorary Consulate Offices in Melbourne, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong or Singapore. The Embassy would be pleased to provide additional information or assist in identifying reliable partners to interested companies.