Ethiopia’s tobacco industry is dominated by the previously state-owned tobacco company National Tobacco Enterprise Ethiopia, which generates its revenues entirely from sales of cigarettes. While retail volume sales of tax-paid cigarettes are rising, retail sales growth is being outpaced by growth in illicit trade sales as recent tax increases have pushed many less affluent consumers into the illicit trade, while Ethiopia’s porous borders present ideal conditions for cigarette smuggling.
Recent years have seen Ethiopia face major challenges stemming mainly from the COVID-19 pandemic and widespread political unrest. In particular, November 2020 saw a tense situation in the country’s northern Tigray region erupt into a full-blown civil war.
Ethiopia is the second most populous country in Africa, with 118 million people among its population in 2021. The country’s population is growing at a rate of 2.
The COVID 19 pandemic put pressure on Ethiopia’s economy and society, exacerbating unfavourable socioeconomic factors, including high levels of income inequality and the vulnerability of much of the country’s population to financial distress when income levels come under pressure. The unfavourable socioeconomic situation is the direct result of weak international trade, low productivity, high unemployment and a lack of economic diversification.
As part of its ongoing economic reform programme, the Ethiopian government is currently involved in numerous projects designed to develop and improve the country’s logistics sector. The government believes that the current high cost of logistics is undermining the country’s overall trade competitiveness.
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