Industrial Parks

1. How can investors get into industrial parks? Lease price?

The government plan to construct 20 state-of-the-art industrial parks located along key development corridors each with distinct specialty in priority sectors. Currently, there are 15 governments and 10 privately owned industrial parks among which 5 and 1, respectively, are operational.

There is no a special procedure to get in to industrial parks except to the fact that the company must export its products 100%. Once an investor decides to operate within the industry park, the Ethiopian Investment Commission along with the Ethiopian Industrial Parks Development Corporation will facilitate the entire process.

There are 3 types of leases and prices for industry parks; readymade sheds, readymade land, and raw land.

  • Readymade sheds are available start at a price of $2 per m2 per month
Lease Period Adama & Dire Dawa Industry Parks All other Industry Parks
Year 1 – 4 $2.75 per m2 per month $2.0 per m2 per month
Year 5 – 7 $3.0 per m2 per month $2.5 per m2 per month
Year 8 – 10 $3.5 per m2 per month $2.75 per m2 per month
Year 11 – 15 $4.0 per m2 per month $3 per m2 per month

  • Readymade land

Investors are expected to pay a single fee of $.04 cents per m2, plus land development recovery costs which may vary by location. Investors are also expected to build their own factory sheds at own expense. The readymade land includes developed roads and utility infrastructure. Land recovery costs are calculated based on a progressive method. The IPDC will make such issues clear in the land sub-lease agreements.

An example for Kilinto Industry Park is provided for references. The average cost for Kilinto Industrial Park is $3.59 m2 per annum (no built sheds will be prepared but serviced land). The detail payment of the infrastructure cost for the park based on progressive rate for the lease period can be seen as follows:

- Year 1-5: 0.8975 (~0.9) USD m2per annum

- Year 6-10: 1.795 (~1.8) USD m2 per annum

- Year 11 +, a flat rate of USD 4.34 m2 per annum 

Note: up on the decision of the developer and/or the investment board of Ethiopia, the lease price may vary for upcoming industrial parks.

  • Raw Land

Investors are expected to pay a single fee of $.04 cents per m2 and all costs of land development and infrastructure are to be covered by the investor.

2. Is there any minimum capital requirement for domestic investors to work inside the industrial parks?

Eligible local investors who exhibit a feasible proposal would have the opportunity to join the parks by showing 15% equity in cash via bank letter of the total investment cost. There is no minimum capital requirement for local investors to be in to the parks, but the very nominal figure as of the small-scale enterprises is not applicable so that the total capital should be reasonable enough.            

3. Which Industrial Park is ideal for small label factory setup?

The Government of Ethiopia follows a specialization/cluster approach the development and designation of industrial parks. Currently there is no industrial park designated for specialization in printing and related industries. Some of the parks in pipeline might be open for multiple sectors subject to park standards and export potential of investors. Based on the specific investment plans submitted to it, the Ethiopian Investment Commission allocates/facilitates the allocation of investors in suitable industrial parks.

4.What is the minimum capital investment for foreigner?

The minimum capital requirement for foreign investors is USD 200,000. Amount is reduced to USD 150,000 when the investment is joint venture with a domestic investor. For certain technical works such as architecture, technical testing and publishing minimum capital requirement is USD 100,000 when it’s fully foreign owned and USD 50,000 when joint venture with a domestic investor.

5. What is the minimum shed size and/or land size that can be given to investors?

An investor can request any size of shed or land so far as planned to utilize it as soon as possible. There is no as such minimum and maximum limit sizes. Request for a specific size of shed and/or land is approved from different investment objectives of the country.