This would constitute the first major step in Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s much-heralded privatisation drive. However, political and security risks remain likely to delay and dilute the wider initiative.
- The prospect of new windfalls from asset sales should help ensure elite buy-in for partial privatisation.
- Internet blackouts underscore risks for telecoms investors but appetite for Ethio Telecom and its 60 million customers will remain robust.
- WTO accession remains a priority but will likely not be finalised until next year.
- Investor interest in Ethiopia’s largely untapped 100 million-strong market will remain elevated barring an outright stagnation of reforms.