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Head QuarterThe Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX) is a new initiative for Ethiopia and the first of its kind in Africa. The vision of ECX is to revolutionize Ethiopia’s tradition bound agriculture through creating a new marketplace that serves all market actors, from farmers to traders to processors to exporters to consumers. The ECX is a unique partnership of market actors, the Members of the Exchange, and its main promoter, the Government of Ethiopia. ECX represents the future of Ethiopia, bringing integrity, security, and efficiency to the market. ECX creates opportunities for unparalleled growth in the commodity sector and linked industries, such as transport and logistics, banking and financial services, and others.

ECX assures all commodity market players the security they need in the market through providing a secure and reliable End-to-End system for handling, grading, and storing commodities, matching offers and bids for commodity transactions, and a risk-free payment and goods delivery system to settle transactions, while serving all fairly and efficiently.

ECX creates trust and transparency through aggressive market data dissemination to all market actors, through clearly defined rules of trading, warehousing, payments and delivery and business conduct, and through an internal dispute settlement mechanism. ECX provides market integrity at three important levels: the integrity of the product itself, the integrity of the transaction, and the integrity of the market actors.

The Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX) commenced trading operations in April 2008. ECX has invited membership of the agricultural and trade industry.

The Ethiopian Commodity Exchange was started to benefit and modernize the way Ethiopia was trading it’s most valuable assets, it’s commodities. Ethiopia needed a change from the traditional means of trading to better support the needs of all those involved in the trading and production.

Before ECX was established agricultural markets in Ethiopia had been characterized by high costs and high risks of transacting, forcing much of Ethiopia into global isolation. With only one third of output reaching the market, commodity buyers and sellers tended to trade only with those they knew, to avoid the risk of being cheated or default. Trade is done on the basis of visual inspection because there was no assurance of product quality or quantity, this drove up market costs, leading to high consumer prices. For their part, small-scale farmers, who produce 95 percent of Ethiopia’s output, came to market with little information and are at the mercy of merchants in the nearest and only market they know, unable to negotiate better prices or reduce their market risk.

ECX is developing a new method of exchange and a safer one for all who trade on it.

A marketing system that coordinates better, that links faster, and that protects the interests of both sides of the trade. It is time for a marketing system that is transparent, efficient, and innovative, that will take Ethiopian agriculture into the new Millennium. Ethiopia, once a commercial trading hub in antiquity linking markets of East and West, can again claim a place in the global market arena.

The Ethiopia Commodity Exchange, (ECX), is a marketplace, where buyers and sellers come together to trade, assured of quality, delivery and payment. The vision of ECX is to transform the Ethiopian economy by becoming a global commodity market of choice. ECX’s mission is to connect all buyers and sellers in an efficient, reliable, and transparent market by harnessing innovation and technology, and based on continuous learning, fairness, and commitment to excellence. 

Mission and Vision

Our Vision: Is to transform the Ethiopian economy by becoming global commodity market by choice.

Our Mission: Is to connect all buyers and sellers in an efficient, reliable, and transparent market by harnessing innovation and technology and based on continuous learning, fairness, and commitment to excellence.

ECX Edges

The ECX design is unique in that it integrates the entire "eco-system" related to the market, spanning the central trading system, warehouse delivery centers, product grade certification, clearing banks, an arbitration tribunal, a market information system linking rural sites, remote electronic trading centers, and a secure data center to manage membership and market information. An over-arching legal framework and a government regulatory agency ensure the viability of this entire integrated environment. This integration enables a country such as Ethiopia, where none of the individual components may exist as stand-alone institutions, to mutually support and reinforce the ECX market objectives.

How ECX Works

The first of its kind in Ethiopia, ECX is a national multi-commodity exchange that provides low-cost, secure marketplace services to benefit all agricultural market stakeholders and invites industry professionals to seek membership enabling them to participate in trading.
ECX promotes and enables the following market services:

Market integrity, by guaranteeing the product grade and quantity and Operating a system of daily clearing and settling of contracts.
Market efficiency by operating a trading system where buyers and sellers can coordinate in a seamless way on the basis of standardized contracts.
Market transparency by disseminating market information in real time to all market players.
Risk management by offering contracts for future delivery, providing sellers and buyers a way to hedge against price risk.

Ermias Eshetu
Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Ermias Eshetu has been the CEO of Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX) since January, 2015. Ermias has over 20 years of technical and leadership experience working for fortune 500 and multi-national companies including IBM, Alcatel, Orange and Micro Strategy. In addition to his leadership experience, Ermias brings a wide range of technical expertise in the areas of software engineering and Business Intelligence solving complex business problems and implementing business solutions in line with client’s corporate strategies. Prior to joining ECX, he held various posts including Board Director, as member of the Executive Management team and most recently, served as Vice President for Marketing and Corporate Services at Zemen Bank, a successful Ethiopian bank founded in 2007. He received his Master’s Degree in International Business from Manchester School of Management and a Bachelor’s degree with honors in Computation at UMIST, in the United Kingdom. His educational background, global leadership and professional experience make Mr. Ermias the right leader to formulate and execute an innovative and differentiating strategy, pushing ECX into new levels of performance and growth opportunities.

Shimelis Habtewold
Chief Compliance Officer

Responsible for the overall compliance management of the Exchange. His Chief Compliance Officer responsibilities include: formulating and amending the Rules of the Exchange, ensuring Member and Exchange compliance with applicable Rules and Regulations, and liaising regulatory bodies. Over 17 years of experience in Law enforcement, drafting legal documents and Compliance matters in Ethiopia. Prior positions include Public Prosecutor, Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Head of Civil Affairs Department at the Federal Ministry of Justice, Manager of Rules & Regulations unit at the ECX. LLB from Law Faculty of Addis Ababa University (July 1995) and LLM in Administrative & Constitutional Law from Amsterdam Law School of Amsterdam University (January 2005).

Tedla Kebede
Chief Information Officer

Tedla Kebede is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange responsible for setting the overall IT strategy for ECX and implementation of IT solutions deployed for the attainment of the ECX strategic objectives. He has over 13 years of experience related with information technology. Prior positions include Application Development Manager at ECX and Senior Computer Programmer at USAID/Basic Education Project. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in computer science from Addis Ababa University.

E-mail: info@ecx.com.et

Abenet Bekele
Chief Strategy Officer

Responsible for Strategy Planning, Member Development, Product Development and Member Client Relations. Has more than 14 years of prior experience in Hospitality Financial Management, Commodity Trading Management and Strategic Planning, MCOM in International Business Operations from Indra Gandhi National Open University, and B.A in Marketing Management from Addis Ababa University.

Behailu Nigussie
Chief Operation Officer

Behailu Nigussie is the Chief Operation Officer (COO) of the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange, responsible for providing strategic leadership to the Operation Division that includes Trading Operation and Clearing and Settlement. Behailu has over 13 years of experience in business operation. Prior experience in the financial service industry focused on domestic banking operation and in ECX operation. Prior positions at ECX include, Deputy Manager Clearing House, Manger Clearing House and Acting Chief Operation Officer. Behailu has obtained an MA Degree in Marketing Management and BA Degree in Business Management from Addis Ababa University and a Diploma in Banking and Finance from Addis Ababa Commercial College. He is also a Certified Project Management Professional by the International Project Management Institute.

Belay Gorfu
Chief Finance Officer

Belay joined ECX in April 2013 and is currently responsible for the treasury management and budget control, financial accounting, procurement and stores management and general services of the Exchange Major prior experiences include Vice President of Finance, Director of Office of Strategy Management, Manager of Corporate Communications and Advisor to the President with the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia and Purchasing Supervisor with the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation. Belay has obtained an MBA degree in International Banking and Finance from the University of Birmingham, UK, a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing of Services from the Maastricht School of Management, the Netherlands and a BA degree in Business Management from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.

Mehateme Kebede
Chief Human Resources Officer

Mehateme Kebede is Chief Human Resources Officer of ECX since February 3, 2014. He is responsible for HR modernization, recruitment services, HR operational services, strategic HR business advice, the integration and coordination of corporate HR activity, and organizational development and performance management. He has over 23-year experience including Corporate HR and Facility Manager, Ethiopian Road Construction Corporation, and Ethiopian Roads Authority’s Organizational Reform Program Director. Mehateme holds an MBA from the Durham University, UK, and BA in Management from Asmara University.

Corporate Entity

ECX is established as a demutualized corporate entity with clear separation of Ownership, Membership, and Management. Thus, owners cannot have trading stake, members cannot have ownership stake, and the management can be neither drawn from the owners nor from the members.
ECX is designed as a public-private partnership enterprise, in a unique institutional innovation for Ethiopia. At its inception, ECX is promoted by the Government of Ethiopia. At the same time, ECX offers the sale of Membership seats, which are privately owned, permanently and freely transferable rights to the stream of earnings from trading on the Exchange.
As Owner, the Government of Ethiopia underwrites all performance risk of the Exchange related to the Exchange operated or appointed warehousing and grading of product, trading system, market information dissemination, and clearing and settlement. Members, for their part, are liable for contract performance on their own trades as well as of their Associates and Authorized Representatives.
The corporate governance of ECX maintains a healthy balance of owner and member interests. Thus, the Management Board is composed of Owner representatives and 5 Member representatives.


ECX’s establishment is founded on Proclamation No. 550/2007. This proclamation mandates ECX to develop its own rules for the governance of its various operations. Further, the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange Authority (ECEA) a regulatory body of the ECX was established by Proclamation 551/2007.
The Rules of the Exchange developed by ECX provide the blueprint for all rules governing membership, management, trading, warehousing, clearing and settlement, and other operations of ECX, in addition to the conduct of its members. ECX maintains a careful approach to monitoring and tracking the adequacy and performance of its members, as well as their behavior vis-à-vis their clients in the market. In line with global best practices, ECX experts regularly conduct surveillance on market trends as well as conducting audit and investigations on market operations to protect the market from manipulation, excessive speculation, fraud, or other malpractice.

The Ethiopian Commodity Exchange Authority has the powers and duties to extend recognition and oversight of Exchange Actors (Members and their representatives), recognition and oversight of Clearing Institutions (domestic banks or other financial institutions engaged in clearing and settlement of payments), oversight of the Rules of the Exchange and regulation of Exchange-traded contracts, as well as regulation of the conduct of investment advisors, consulting companies, law practices, accounting and audit professionals, as this conduct relates to ECX business. In addition, the ECEA has the power to investigate wrongdoing and adjudicate cases falling under its jurisdiction or to refer criminal cases to the appropriate court. As part of its oversight, the Authority issues Directives regarding the various key areas.
  1. Proclamation to Establish the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange Authority No.551/2007
  2. Proclamation to Establish the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange No:550/2007
  3. Rules of the Exchange
  4. Rules Amendment No 6 2012 Eng v approved by the Authority on April 26 2012
  5. Rules Amendment No 7 2013 Eng v approved by the Authority on February 08 2013