Addis Ababa – Sustainability Performance, City Brand Strength, and Reputation

Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia, stands as a dynamic and rapidly growing metropolis with a rich historical legacy and a vibrant cultural scene. As a central hub for economic activity in East Africa, the city boasts a diverse economy driven by key industries such as government, services, and textile manufacturing. In recent years, significant investments in vital infrastructure such as the Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railway, Telecommunication, and renewable energy projects are driving economic growth, enhancing connectivity, and modernizing the city. These improvements are enhancing Addis Ababa’s appeal as a focal point for business and trade in East Africa.

But how does Addis Ababa perform in terms of economic performance, city brand strength, and reputation according to leading rankings and indices?

Let’s explore:

  • Addis Ababa’s competitiveness and economic performance
  • Addis Ababa’s brand strength and global attractiveness
  • Livability: Addis Ababa’s appeal for digital nomads and locals

Addis Ababa’s Competitiveness and Economic Performance

How attractive is Addis Ababa as a place to work and do business?

In 2thinknow’s Innovation Cities Index 2022-2023, Addis Ababa ranks 489th, decreasing 8 positions, highlighting that like many other countries in the region, there is significant room for improvement in innovation.

Addis Ababa’s Brand Strength and Global Attractiveness

Which factors help and hurt the brand of Addis Ababa?

According to the Full 2023 Global Cities Index, Addis Ababa ranks 95th overall, showing an improvement of 4 positions, indicating a positive trend in its global city status. The Full 2023 Global Cities Outlook ranks Addis Ababa 145th, rising 1 position, suggesting a stable outlook.


Which aspects of Addis Ababa’s urban living make it an attractive place to live, work, and study?

The Mercer Quality of Living City Ranking places Addis Ababa 225th. The Mercer Cost of Living Ranking ranks Addis Ababa 194th, increasing 20 positions.

Addis Ababa is home to numerous respected educational institutions in the region. According to the QS World University Ranking, Addis Ababa University is ranked within the 851-900 range.

Last updated in June 2024.

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