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Mercato in #AddisAbaba is the largest open air market in #Africa, covering several square miles and employing an estimated 13,000 people in 7,100 business entities. The primary merchandise passing through the #Mercato is locally-grown agricultural products — most notably coffee. The #AddisMercato was instituted by segregationist policies of the Italian occupational government. They restricted the historic St. George Mercato to Europeans, causing the mostly Arab tradesmen to relocate a half mile to the west. Over time, local shopkeepers displaced the Arab merchants and, since the 1960s, the Addis Mercato has had a mostly local flavour. The Addis Mercato has over 120 stores and one massive shopping center with 75 stores.

Merkato - biggest market in africa

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