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Requirements for Investment Permit in Ethiopia (Foreign Investors)

A. An Individual investor

An application form duly filled and signed by the investor/agent;
Photocopies of the relevant pages of a valid passport;
Where the application is made by an agent, a photocopy of his/her power of attorney; and
Three passport sized recent photographs of the investor.


B. A business organization


Wholly foreign owned
An application form duly filled and signed by the manager or agent of the business organization;
Where the application is made by an agent, a photocopy of his/her power of attorney;
Photocopies of memorandum and articles of associations. If it is to be newly established, photocopies of the relevant pages of a valid passport of each shareholder, clearance letter from the Ministry of Trade and Industry for the company name and draft memorandum and articles of associations
Where foreign nationals taken for domestic investors or Ethiopian nationals are among the members of the shareholders, photocopies of certificates evidencing the domestic investor status of the foreign nationals or identity cards (for companies to be established); and
Three passport sized recent photographs of the general manager.


If the foreign partner is a business organization, the following documents are also required:
A copy of the memorandum and articles of associations or equivalent document of the parent company;
A photocopy of a document ascertaining the legal personality of the business organization (i.e. registration certificate);
Minutes of the parent company passed by an authorized body for the establishment of a company in Ethiopia, authenticated by the public notary, or a letter written by the owner in case of a one-man company; and
A photocopy of an authenticated power of attorney of the representative of the company and photocopies of the pages of the representative’s valid passport or identity card in case the representative is an Ethiopian national.


Joint Investment between domestic and foreign investors
An application form duly filled and signed by the agent of the business organization;
Where the application is made by an agent, a photocopy of his power of attorney;
Photocopies of the memorandum and articles of associations. If it is to be newly established, photocopies of the pages relevant of a valid passport of each shareholder, and draft memorandum and articles of associations
Where foreign nationals taken for domestic investors or Ethiopian nationals are among the members of the shareholders, photocopies of certificates evidencing the domestic investor status of the foreign nationals or identity cards (for companies to be established); and
Three passport sized recent photographs of the general manager.


If the foreign partner is a business organization, the following documents are also required:
A copy of the memorandum and articles of associations or equivalent document of the parent company;
A photocopy of a document ascertaining the legal personality of the business organization (i.e. registration certificate);
Minutes of the parent company passed by an authorized body for the establishment of a joint company in Ethiopia, authenticated by the public notary, or a letter written by the owner in case of a one man company; and
A photocopy of an authenticated power of attorney of the representative of the company and photocopies of the pages relevant of the representative’s valid passport or identity card in case the representative is an Ethiopian national.


Branch of a business organization
An application form duly filled and signed by the agent of the business organization;
A copy of the memorandum and articles of associations, or equivalent document of the parent company;
A photocopy of a document ascertaining the legal personality of the business organization (i.e. registration certificate);
Minutes of the parent company passed by an authorized body for the establishment of a branch company in Ethiopia, authenticated by the public notary, or a letter written by the owner in case of a one - man company; and
Authenticated photocopy of the power of attorney of the representative of the company, and photocopies of the pages relevant of the representative’s valid passport or identity card in case the representative is an Ethiopian national.


C. Expansion or upgrading of existing enterprises
An application form duly filled and signed by the investor/agent;
Where the application is made by an agent, a photocopy of his power of attorney;
Where the investment is made by a business organization, photocopies of its memorandum and articles of associations (with amendments if any);
A photocopy of a valid business license of the existing enterprise; and
Three passport sized recent photographs of the investors or the general manager (if company).

N.B.
All documents originated from abroad should be authenticated by the concerned notary office and the Ethiopian Embassy in the home country and authentication and registration of the same by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Document Registration and Authentication Office of Ethiopia respectively are also required.
All completed documents should be submitted in two separately fastened copies.

Read more at the Ethiopian Investment Agency Website

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