Kia Motors to assemble cars in Ethiopia

South Korea’s Kia Motors Corp signed a deal with an Ethiopian company last week to start assembling cars in Ethiopia and is thinking of similar operations elsewhere in Africa.

“It is important to penetrate the African market. We are also looking at the prospects of opening similar plants in Algeria and other countries,” Soon Nam Lee, President of Kia’s Middle East and Africa headquarters, said.

Kia and Belayab Motors PLC, with whom it signed the agreement, said the plant in the town of Adama south of the capital Addis Ababa, will produce its first vehicle in January.

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