U.S. Embassy Hosts Trade Mission to Ethiopia

US Trade Mission

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Eight U.S. Firms from the State of Illinois Visit Addis Ababa

ADDIS ABABA – From May 13 to 15, the U.S. Embassy hosted industry representatives from the State of Illinois as part of a trade mission to Ethiopia.  The eight American firms represented offered a broad range of products and services from a variety of industry sectors, including construction, renewable energy, mining, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and manufacturing.

The trade mission demonstrates the United States government’s commitment to broadening our trade relationship with Ethiopia, one of the fastest growing economies in the world.  All of the U.S. companies on this mission were first time visitors to Ethiopia.  Through meetings with potential Ethiopian partners and Ethiopian government officials, delegates quickly recognized Ethiopia’s tremendous market opportunities.   More than half of the companies left with plans already in place to return for further discussions, and several promising trade deals are now on the table.

The following companies participated in the trade mission:

Company  Sector
Ability Engineering Technology Manufacturing
Ethno Solutions Cosmetics
Green Innovation and Technology Energy
Kofa International Mining
Lodaat LLC Pharmaceutical
MacLean Power Systems Energy
Mi-Jack Products Construction and Manufacturing
Masterpiece Products Cosmetics







The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa hosted the trade mission to Ethiopia, with support from the State of Illinois Office of Trade and Investment Export Promotion and the U.S. Commercial Service Export Assistance Center in Chicago.  United States bilateral trade with Ethiopia reached $1.1 billion in 2012.

Source: Embassy of the United States – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


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