Two think tanks, Moroccan-based OCP Policy Center, and French-based IFRI, published in March 2017 a study titled "Chinese Investors in Ethiopia: The Perfect Match?" by Francoise Nicolas, director of IFRI's Center for Asian Studies.
The author concluded the impact of Chinese investment in Ethiopia is mixed. Although China has played a useful role by setting up industrial zones, financing infrastructure, and encouraging Chinese firms to move some manufacturing production to Ethiopia, its transformative power remains limited. Skill transfer has been disappointing and local labor inputs do not always reach the standard expected by the Chinese companies.