Apply for a Mineral Operations license

Everything you need to know about the different types of exploration and mining licenses available, and how to apply for them

Learn more about petroleum

Would you like to bid for a petroleum block in Ethiopia? Information about the process, timeframes and regulations around the petroleum sector

Download our Investor Guide

Our new Guide pulls together all the vital information you need to know about investing in Ethiopia’s mining or petroleum sector

Read about our reforms

The “Ethiopian Renaissance” has seen wide reforms designed to drive growth and prosperity. Read more about these exciting changes.

Welcome to the Ministry of Mines

The Ministry of Mines  (MoM) is the first port of call for all investors interested in Ethiopia’s mining, Geothermal or petroleum sectors.

The MoM can direct you to the most up-to-date geodata available, guide you to the right legislation and regulations for your business, and help you apply for any licenses required.

The MoM also provides straightforward guidance on how to go about investing in Ethiopia’s abundant natural resources.


Want to know more about Ethiopia’s natural resources? The best available geological data can be found here

Legislation and regulations

Do you need to look up a particular piece of legislation? See all relevant mining Proclamations here petroleum-related Proclamations here

Contact us

If you have any queries, please feel free to get in touch with us.
This page identifies the best person to contact for your set of interests.

Our Vision and Mission

Our Vision

As a country, Ethiopia’s vision is to realise middle income country status by 2025. This vision, and the roadmap to achieving this goal, are set out......

Our Mission

Generate, manage and deliver the basic geosciences (mineral and geo-energy) data of the country for the society and the business sector.....
Land of opportunity

Extraordinary extractives potential

Ethiopia’s virtually untapped, diverse and vast mineral and petroleum resources offer huge potential opportunities for exploration and development.

These include petroleum, gold, gemstones, tantalum, potash, iron ore, and various industrial, energy and construction minerals. This extraordinary potential coupled with improving government policies and regulations means Ethiopia is now a priority destination for international mining and petroleum investors.

Ethiopia’s record growth

One of the best performing economies in Africa

Ethiopia has seen astonishing growth in the last ten years. Growing at an average rate of 9.7% between 2009 and 2019, Ethiopia has consistently been one of Africa’s top performing economies.

The country’s Growth and Transformation Plan II is targeting an annual average real GDP growth rate of 11%. Ethiopian industry is projected to grow at an annual average rate of 20%, with projected growth of 21.9% in the manufacturing sub-sector; 31.6% in electricity, gas and water; 15.4% in construction; and 32.8% in the mining sector.

100% of Ethiopia’s landmass has been mapped

Modern Geodata to Support Exploration

Exploration is so much easier with solid geodata. Although regional maps at the scale of 1:250,000 have been produced in Ethiopia since the early-mid 1970s, in 2017 a major milestone was reached when 100% coverage of the country’s land-mass at a scale of 1:250,000 was achieved by the Geological Survey of Ethiopia (GSE).

The best publicly available geodata can be found here.

Stability and Predictability

An Investor-Friendly Government

Stability and predictability are key for your investment.

That is why Ethiopia delivers a regulatory regime that is transparent and predictable, and why it encourages both foreign and local mining companies to carry out exploration, development, and production according to their own plans and market conditions.

Our Investor Guide is designed to get you started on your path to investing in Ethiopia.