13 March 2014

Ethiopia: President Kenyatta Visits Ethiopia's Premiere Automotive Plant

President Uhuru Kenyatta, on the third day of his State visit to Ethiopia, paid a two hour visit to the Bishoftu Automotive Industry and Dejen Aviation Industry plants. The President said after his visit that Kenya and Ethiopia should cooperate in technology exchange as the two countries enhance economic ties.

The Bishoftu Automobile Industry, a State-owned motor vehicle assembly plant, produces military, police and commercial vehicles, while Dejen Aviation Industry produces light aircraft, including drones. The President saw Ethiopia's aviation building and technology assets, including unmanned aircraft and fighter jets, and watched a demonstration of an unmarked air surveillance vehicle, a major element in Ethiopia's anti-crime apparatus.

President Kenyatta was accompanied by some of Kenya's leading private sector figures and several of Kenya's Cabinet Secretaries including Raychelle Omamo of Defence, Joseph ole Lenku of Interior and Coordination of National Government, Davis Chirchir of Energy, Engineer Michael Kamau of Transport and Ambassador Amina Mohamed of Foreign Affairs. During the visit higher management of the Metals and Engineering Corporation's (METEC) explained that the Corporation is also engaged in designing and erecting whole manufacturing factories and plants as part of its bid to build industrial capacity of the country in various areas of the manufacturing sector.

Along that line, it was mentioned that METEC is currently carrying out the designing, manufacturing of production machineries and construction of plants of a number of sugar factories and a state of the art fertilizer factory.

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