Selected 100 Investment Project Profiles
The manufacturing sector contributed 5% of GDP and 37.8% to the total value of industrial production in 2008/09 (Central Statistical Agency Statistical Abstract 2009). The major manufacturing activities are production of food, beverages, tobacco, textiles and garments, leather goods, paper, metallic and non-metallic mineral products, cement and chemicals. Under the export-led industrial development strategy, production of textile and garments, leather products and agro-processing are priority areas for investment.
1. Wood Products
2. Textiles and Garments
The textile industry is the largest manufacturing industry in the country. There are a number of state-owned and private textile and garment factories. The industry contributes the lion-share of employment in the manufacturing sub-sector. The main textile products manufactured are cotton and nylon fabrics, acrylic yarn, wool and waste cotton blankets and sewing thread. The availability of inexpensive labour and the main raw material, cotton, are the major factors for considering this industrial sector as one of the strategic industries for export development.
- Cotton Ginning Plant
- Mosquito Nets, Fishing Nets and Sports Nets
- Cotton Blanket Production
- Cotton Yarn Production
- The Fabrication of Household Hand-Knitting Machine
- Bed Covers, Bed Sheets and Table Linen Production
- Synthetic Yarn
- Silk Yarn Plant
- Shawals, Mufflers, Mantillas and Veils
- Textile Wall and Floor Coverings
3. Paper and Paper Products
4. Non-Metalic Products
5. Metal and Metal Products
6. Leather and Leather Products
7. Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals
Ethiopia has tremendous potential for investment in agro-processing. Many of its agricultural products can be exported without being processed, while others can be processed before they are brought to domestic and foreign markets. The government has also placed a priority on the export of processed products, which involves and stimulates the growth of the agro-processing sector.