Ethiopia is Africa's oldest independent country  and its second  largest in terms of population. Apart from a five-year  occupation by  Mussolini's Italy, it has never been colonised. 

 It served as a symbol of African independence throughout the colonial   period, and was a founder member of the United Nations and the African  base for  many international organisations.

Ethiopia is a country located in the Horn of Africa. It shares  borders with Eritrea  to the north and northeast, Djibouti and Somalia  to the east, Sudan and South  Sudan to the west, and Kenya to the south.  With nearly 100 million inhabitants,  Ethiopia is the most populous  landlocked country in the world, as well as the  second-most populous  nation on the African continent after Nigeria. It occupies  a total area  of 1,100,000 square kilometres (420,000 sq mi), and its  capital and  largest city is Addis Ababa.

Ethiopia offered a greater richness in archaeological  findings and  historical buildings which makes it a country of rich heritage. It  is  being regarded as the cradle of both mankind and civilization. It is one  of  the largest Christian Nation in the world, who has welcomed and  accommodated  Islam signaling it as the land of religion tolerance.
    Ethiopia is a country of  highly diverse population with more than 80  different ethnic groups living  together in peace and harmony while  maintaining their language, culture and  history. Thus, is regarded as  the land of diversity and unity. Moreover, is an  ecologically diverse  country with three climatic zones: the cool, the temperate  and the hot  zones, and it is rich in both flora and fauna. Ethiopia is also the   origin of coffee.

Ethiopia's ancient Ge'ez script, also known as Ethiopic,   is one of the oldest alphabets still in use in the world. The Ethiopian   calendar, which is approximately seven years and three months behind  the Gregorian  calendar, co-exists alongside the Borana calendar.

Ethiopia is one of the founding members of the UN, the Group of 24  (G-24),  the Non-Aligned Movement, G-77 and the Organisation of African  Unity.  Ethiopia's capital city Addis Ababa serves as the headquarters  of the African  Union, the Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry,  the United Nations  Economic Commission for Africa, African Aviation  Training HQ, the African  Standby Force, and many of the global NGOs  focused on Africa.

Leather Industry in Ethiopia

First in Africa and   tenth in the world in terms of cattle  population, Ethiopia possesses   ample business potential opportunities  for leather industry, employment   generation, export earnings, and  expediting nation's pace towards   industrial development.

As sources   indicate, the country has about 2.5 percent of the world  livestock   population with about 57.83 million cattle; 28.04 million  sheep and   28.61 million heads of goat. Every year, the nation produces  5 million   tons of hides, 8.1 million tons of sheepskins and 7.5  million tons of   goat skins.

In view of these   resources and identifying the multifaceted rewards  in terms of creating   more jobs, boosting export and overall economic  growth, in the past   decades, the government has been striving to  develop the leather sector.   This is being done mostly through  attracting local and foreign   investors from across the world and  facilitating conducive environment   to export high-end leather products  rather than semi-processed outputs.   And the country has made  significant strides in the sector over the last   few decades.

Currently, the   leather industry is thriving remarkably. Anchor  foreigner companies, for   instance from Italy, China, UK, India, and  Turkey, are operating within   the country and the number of tanneries  are increasing from time to   time. Concurrently, international market  destinations are expanding and   the amounts of products that are  supplied to the global market have   increased in volume, variety and  quality.

Tourism in Ethiopia

The natural beauty of Ethiopia amazes the first-time visitor.  Ethiopia is a land of rugged mountains ( some 25 are over 4000 meters  high) broad savannah, lakes and rivers. 

The unique Rift Valley is a remarkable region of volcanic lakes, with  their famous collections of birdlife, great escarpments and stunning  vistas. 

Tisisat, the blue Nile falls, must rank as one of the greatest  natural spectacles in Africa today. With 14 major wildlife reserves, 

Ethiopia provides a microcosm of the entire subsaharan ecosystem.  Birdlife abounds, and indigenous animals from the rare Walia ibex to the  shy wild ass, roam free just as nature intended. Ethiopia, after the  rains, is a land decked with flowers and with many more native plants  than most countries in Africa. 

Prof. (Dr5) Mwinyikione Mwinyihija, Executive Director of ALLPI (2013-2022)

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