Ethiopia lies within the Horn of Africa and is bordered by countries Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Kenya. It is home to a beautiful nation of exotic men and women and reports show it to be the most populous landlocked country in the world, with over 100 million people. There are several languages spoken mainly divided into Nilo-Saharan and Afroasiatic, they mainly include Oromo, Amharic, Somali, Tigrinya, Sidamo, Wolaytta, Gurage, Afar, English, Arabic and Italian.
Research and the discovery of human bones in the Middle Palaeolithic and Middle Awash proves that Ethiopia was home to human civilization even as early as 200 000 years ago. In the 8th century BC the region was occupied by a nation known as D’mt. D’mt was native Ethiopian but also influenced by Afroasiatic and Semitic speaking cultures.
During the middle ages the region was ruled by dynasties namely the Zagwe and the Solomonic dynasties, until diplomatic contacts were established with Europe. The country experienced many disasters such as famine and even locusts that destroyed crops and by the time the Great Ethiopian Famine hit the country in the 1800’s many of its population perished.
Emperor Haile Selassie, a member of the Solomonic dynasty came into power in the early 1900’s and brought about a modernization campaign. He is revered in the Rastafari movement that started in the early 1900’s in Jamaica as the returned messiah. During his reign Ethiopia battled the Italians in the second Italo-Ethiopian War and colonization of Italy within the country and defeated the Italians, winning independence once more. Later in 1974 a Soviet dictator group called the “Derg” deposed Selassie from his position and the country faced more war with the Russians, genocide, famine and drought.
After several other events the country is now a Federal Democratic Republic since 1991.
Ethiopia is a fellow founding member of the UN, the G-24 (Group 24), G-77, The Non-Aligned Movement and the Organisation of African Unity. It is also known for being one of the safest places and opens doors to many business ventures despite other challenges.
Business opportunities & economy
Economically Ethiopia has managed to steadily grow as a nation and according to reports by the Index of Economic Freedom; the country has managed to grow economically by 10% over just 5 years. The country’s main sector is agriculture but developing an expansion in other sectors such as tourism, manufacturing, energy production and more.
Lucrative investment industries include:
• Telecom services
• Financial services
• Transfers and taxi services
• Health care
Qualified individuals will be able to get a job in one of several sectors, and the local newspapers also frequently post job vacancies.
There are fairly good health care systems in place in larger cities such as Ababa and Addis, however the system is in a developing state and its important to have health care insurance when opting to immigrate to the country.
As with the country’s other growing sectors, education is also progressing at a steady pace, with school conditions and access made better and possible even in the more rural regions.
Visafrican has the services available to make anyone’s immigration to Ethiopia a breeze. In a tough economic climate that is now repairing rapidly from conflict years ago, Ethiopia is a great country to immigrate to, work in and do business in.