The top five companies holding the highest portfolios of non-performing loans at the Development Bank of Ethiopia (DBE) are all Turkish owned.


The top five companies holding the highest portfolios of non-performing loans at the Development Bank of Ethiopia (DBE) are all Turkish owned. Together with one other Turkish company, six foreign companies owe the Development Bank an aggregate of 8.7 billion Br in non-performing loans.



BMET Energy, Telecom Industry & Trade Plc


These companies have failed to service their debts, and the Bank has repossessed the plants of three companies already, including the recently defaulted Ayka Addis. Turkish owners have abandoned six other companies.  Desperate to survive, some of the remaining companies established with Turkish investment are braving the odds, by reaching outside their core competence to produce raw materials to keep their plants running.


Ayka Addis Textile & Investment Group




The current situation is a far cry from the jubilation and enthusiasm that greeted Turkish investors when they first started to come to the country a decade and a half ago. No less than 244 Turkish companies have entered Ethiopia's market since 2013, while currently 95 Turkish-owned companies, employing an aggregate of over 21,000 people, soldier on.  The cause for the hardship has been pegged on the usual suspects - forex crunch, poor infrastructure, shortage of raw materials and a lack of a skilled labour force – the same challenges that face companies that operate in Ethiopia. But the authorities, as well as experts, say that the Turkish companies have a major shortcoming - mismanagement.


MNS Manufacturing Plc


"Most of the companies have management problems," said Abebe Abebayehu, chief of the Ethiopian Investment Commission (EIC). Due diligence and project evaluations, as well as feasibility studies, were not properly carried out by government agencies when these companies started investing here, according to Abebe.

Experts suggest that preparing more competent contracts, audits and prior vetting of the competence and qualifications of the management teams of investing companies will go a long way in avoiding these pitfalls and the dilemma investors face in Ethiopia.

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PUBLISHED ON Feb 16,2019 [ VOL 19 , NO 981]



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