Ethiopia’s footwear industry and its leather sector in general enjoy significant
international comparative advantages owing to its abundant and available raw
materials, highly disciplined workforce and cheap prices. Ethiopia boasts the
largest livestock production in Africa, and the 10th largest in the world.

Ethiopia annually produces 2.7 million hides, 8.1 million sheepskins and 7.5 million
goatskins. This comparative advantage is further underlined by the fact that the
costs of raw hides and skins constitute on average 55-60% of the production of
semiprocessed leather.

Ethiopia's leather and leather product sector produce a range of products from
semi-processed leather in various forms to processed leathers including shoe
uppers, leather garments, stitched upholstery, backpacks, purses, industrial gloves ~Download Pdf