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Press release

19 May 2022

The creation of the Ethiopian Securities Exchange moves a step closer

Addis Ababa, May 18, 2022 – Ethiopia’s Ministry of Finance, the Ethiopian Investment Holdings and FSD Africa have today signed a cooperation agreement to establish the Ethiopian Securities Exchange (ESX).

Once established, the ESX will become the 30th exchange on the continent. At least fifty companies, including banks and insurance companies, are expected to list at the launch of the exchange. The exchange is designed to provide a fundraising platform for small and medium-size enterprises, which are the backbone of the Ethiopian economy. The exchange will also offer a platform for the privatisation of Ethiopia’s state-owned enterprises.

Ethiopia has enjoyed strong economic growth over the past two decades, averaging about 9-10%. With strong fundamentals, such as young and educated labour force and improved infrastructure, the economy has the potential to sustain such a high growth if structural challenges, such as limited access to finance, are addressed. In the past few years, the government has implemented several reforms to open the economy and the launch of a securities exchange will be a catalyst for attracting new investment from the private sector.

We are pleased to be collaborating with the Government of Ethiopia in this historic initiative that will accelerate the development of capital markets in Ethiopia. Our assistance for establishing the Ethiopian Securities Exchange will leverage FSD Africa’s vast expertise and experience in developing capital markets infrastructure across Africa. This support signals our long-term commitment to a thriving capital market that is deep, liquid, and efficient.

Mark Napier, CEO – FSD Africa.