Doing business in Ethiopia
If you’ve recently been approached by an Ethiopian company or if you want to do business in Ethiopia, we offer a few tips for you in this article to help you on your way.
Everything revolves around the family in Ethiopian society. The family is more important than anything else and it can be the case that your appointment is cancelled because a member of your potential business partner’s family needs his help. It is therefore a good idea to ask after their family and to ask to have your greetings passed on to them. You can also take various gifts suitable for different ages so that your potential client can give them to his family. Make sure that these presents are not too expensive though - that won’t be appreciated. If you are invited to meet your potential business partner’s family, it is a great honour and you cannot refuse it.
When meeting someone, you shake their hand and make eye contact at the same time like we do in our country. Don’t be impatient about it but ask a great deal about their family, health, and work. If you are introduced to someone who is older or of a higher position or status, it is customary to make a small bow.
We can translate your business documents for you. Send us an email or get in touch with one of our project managers. They will be happy to answer any questions about doing business in Ethiopia. For a no-obligation quotation, you can always send your document to us by email.
Nicolette van Neer
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