China encourages its enterprises to invest in Ethiopia, expand human resources development and cooperation, and promote construction of transportation infrastructure and supporting projects.

Premier Li Keqiang, September 2018

China-Ethiopia relations

Based on mutual respect, China-Ethiopia relationships are very ancient.

Chou-En Lai visited Ethiopia for the first time in 1964. Diplomatic relations were established a few years later (1970).

With the coming into power of the Derg regime (1974-1991), the intensity of bilateral relationships significantly increased. During this period, a number of agreements were signed, including the following

Since 1991, Ethio-China ties have continued to strengthen. High level visits are more and more frequent. Recently, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali met Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing (September, 2018).

Abiy Ahmed Ali and  Li Keqiang, September 2018 (Beijing)

Chinese investments in Ethiopia

Over the past 10 years (2008-2017), Chinese firms completed almost 600 investment projects in Ethiopia, creating more than 190,000 jobs. More than 2/3rd of these projects were in the manufacturing sector.

Database source: Ethiopian Investment Commission

Bilateral representation in Ethiopia

Institution Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Ethiopia Commercial Counsellor’s Office in Ethiopia
Location Jimma Road, Addis Ababa Nifasilk Lafto Subcity, Addis Ababa
Phone number 00251-11-3710010 00251-11-3710059
Email address Chinaemb_et@mfa.gov.cn et@mofcom.gov.cn