Document Notarization for an Investment Permit Application in Ethiopia

After securing the appropriate VISA to come to Ethiopia as an investor, the next step will be going through the process of document notarization for an investment permit application in Ethiopia.

Nationalnotary.org defines Notarization as the official fraud-deterrent process that assures the parties of a transaction that a document is authentic. Having said this, authenticity is proven by the placement of various seals from different notary offices within your country as well as here in Ethiopia.

Generally, the bodies responsible for document notarization in Ethiopia are the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) and the Federal Documents and Registration Agency (DARA).

While this may be true, the Ethiopian Investment Commission (EIC) will also authenticate the documents you bring into the country for investment permit application purposes.

Required documents

Depending on the nature of your investment, the EIC will require you to present different documents.

If you are coming as an individual investor:

  •  All you need to bring is your passport together with the appropriate VISA.
  •  If you are a representative of an individual investor, then you will have to bring an authenticated power of attorney to the person you are representing.

If you are coming as a representative of a company or multiple companies:

  • In addition to the power of attorneys of the companies involved, you will also need authenticated documents showing the background of the companies. These documents include the Articles and Memorandums of Association (MOA & AOA) and business licenses.

Steps you need to take to notarize documents.

Authentication of the relevant documents is a vital requirement on your journey towards applying for an investment permit. After completing the document notarization process within your country you then ought to get them authenticated at the Ethiopian embassy in your country.

You will be happy to know that Ethiopia operates 45 embassies and 51 consulates around the world. Furthermore, the country is home to 114 embassies, 3 consulates and 2 representations. (see the full list here)

What to do if there is no Ethiopian embassy in your country

Your first options, in this case is finding out if your country has an Ethiopian consular office. However, if that option is not available then you can authenticate them at the Ethiopian embassy nearest to your country. To explain further, here are some examples.

In a country where there isn’t an Ethiopian embassy nor a consular office, such as Spain, the nearest Ethiopian embassy in Italy serves to notarize documents for nationals of Spain. Similarly, for Caribbean countries like Jamaica and Haiti, the Ethiopian embassy in the USA serves the same purpose.

On the other hand, you might be from a country like Bangladesh where Ethiopia has no embassy, meanwhile hosting an Ethiopian consular office. In which case, you’ll be able to get the same document notarization service as you would in an embassy.

The Final Notarization

Following the document notarization process in your country, the next authentication will happen at the MoFA in Addis Ababa. Subsequently, upon your application for an investment permit, your documents will be authenticated by the EIC.

This will mark your eligibility to apply for an investment permit in Ethiopia.

Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have at [email protected].

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