Development Bank of Ethiopia

Telephone: +251 115 511188/+251 115 511189dbe
Fax: +251 115 511606
P.O.Box: 1900 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Swift Code: BEETETAA
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Established Date: 1901 E.C.
Number of Branches:43


A Brief History Of The Development Bank Of Ethiopia: DBE

The development bank of Ethiopia (DBE) is one of the financial institutions engaged in providing short, medium and long term development credits. DBE’s distinguishes feature is its “project” based lending tradition. Project financed by the Bank are carefully selected and prepared through appraised, closely supervised and systematically evaluated.

Since its establishment in 1909, the bank has been playing a significant role in promoting over all economic development of the country.

The history of Development Bank of Ethiopia goes back to 1909 when the first attempts of its kind known as The Societe Narionale d’ Ethiopie Pour le Development de l’ agriculture et de Commerce (The Society for the promotion of Agriculture and Trade) was established in the Menelik II era. Since then the Bank has taken different names at different times although its mission and business purpose has not undergone significant changes except for occasional adjustment that were necessitated by change in economic development policies of the country.

The under listed names and periods are its predecessors since initial establishment: –

Agricultural Bank of Ethiopia from 1945-1949
Agricultural and Commercial Bank of Ethiopia from 1949-1951
Development Bank of Ethiopia Share Company from 1951-1970
Investment Bank of Ethiopia from 1964-1970
Agricultural and Industrial Development Bank Share Company from 1970-1979
Agricultural and Industrial Development Bank from 1979-1994
Development Bank of Ethiopia from 1994-2003.

Development Bank of Ethiopia (after reestablishment from 2003 till now)

In long years of existence, DBE has established recognition at national and international levels .Nationally, it is the sole Bank with reputable experience in long term investment financing .Internationally, and it is recognized as an important on leading channel for development program financed by bilateral and/or multilateral sources.


The mission of DBE is to support the acceleration of the country’s economic development by providing medium and long-term investment credits as well as short-term loans along with technical assistance to viable projects in line with the Government priorities and maintaining its sustainability through reasonable profitability.





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