Provides references to the principal business associations, indicating which accept U.S. companies. Describes the primary roles of those associations and to what extent they influence government actions.

The establishment and operation of foreign chambers of commerce is governed by the Ethiopian Investment Commission. In 2016, the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Ethiopia signed a cooperation agreement with the Ethiopian Investment Commission, which allowed for the formal establishment of the AmCham and its registration as a legal entity. The AmCham was officially launched in December 2016.

Other business associations include Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Association and the Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce and Sectorial Association, Ethiopian Entrepreneurs Association, Ethiopian Women Entrepreneurs Association, Addis Ababa Women Entrepreneurs Association, Ethiopian Coffee Exporters Association, and Ethiopian Bankers Association are some of the business associations currently operating in Ethiopia. All these business associations share a similar goal of promoting trade. Ethiopian business associations look favorably on U.S. companies and are interested in working with them to attract U.S. trade and investment to Ethiopia.

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