The mining sector is another untapped sector in investment. According to the ministry of mines and energy, Ethiopia’s greenstone belts offer one of the finest gold mineralization. More than 500 metric tons of gold deposits have been identified by Government exploration efforts. In addition, more deposits of gold are expected to be identified in at least seven regions.
Ethiopia has also a good potential in deposits of tantalum, platinum, nickel, potash and soda ash. In addition, marble, granite, limestone, clay, gypsum, gemstone, iron ore, coal, copper, etc is found in Ethiopia. The Ogaden, the Gambella, the Blue Nile and the Southern Rift Valley sedimentary basins also offer significant opportunities for oil and natural gas.