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Ethiopia is among Africa’s most impressive growth performers over the past decade averaging 10.9% annual growth between 2010 and 2020. With a GDP of US$91 billion in 2019 it is among the top ten largest economies in Africa and the third largest in Eastern Africa.

Ethiopia’s automotive market is dominated by second-hand imported vehicles – particularly commercial vehicles. Commercial vehicles were Ethiopia’s second most valuable import overall in 2019, worth US$955 million. On the other hand, commercial vehicles are also Ethiopia’s highest earning automotive export.

Ethiopia has the lowest motorization rate globally, with only two cars per 1,000 inhabitants. Recent reports estimate that in 2019 there were 175,000 vehicles in use in Ethiopia, of which 100,000 were passenger vehicles and 65,000 were commercial vehicles. Between 2010 and 2020, total vehicles in use grew at a CAGR of almost 2.1%. According to Ethiopia’s Ministry of Transport approximately 84% of the market is passenger vehicles while commercial vehicles make up 16%.

Expanding Ethiopia’s auto industry is part of a longterm plan to turn Ethiopia into an industrial centre by constructing new industrial zones around Addis Ababa and the northern city of Mekelle, where Ethiopian firms and Chinese partners assemble vehicle kits.