Introduction Capital – Addis Ababa Ethiopia is east of the United States and is in the mid-east of Africa, near Sudan. 82,101,998 people live in Ethiopia. They speak English and Amharic. Christian and Muslim religion is practiced.
Interesting Fact About TheCountry Knowledge of a few words of Amharic will be very useful and appreciated. Some of the more useful are Tena Yistillign - Hello; Ow - Yes; Aydellem - No; and Sintinew - How much is this?.
Business Appearance OfNatives Businesspeople should wear suits and ties for business visits.
Behavior In Business Since relationships are extremely important, meetings start with extended social pleasantries. The meeting will end when everyone has had their say and the most senior Ethiopians decide that there is nothing left to be discussed. Performing favours indicates friendship.
Language And BusinessGreeting Mainly Speak English. Greetings are formal and courteous. Handshakes are somewhat prolonged and not especially firm. Never rush greeting; enquire about people’s families, health and work. Present and receive business cards with the right hand only or with both hands.
Customs That Are Offensive InThat Country Punctuality is not strictly adhered to although considerable lateness is also unacceptable. You may have to remove your shoes at the door. You will always be offered a cup of coffee. It is considered impolite to refuse. Only use the right hand for eating.