President Kenyatta visits Ethiopia’s premiere automotive plant

March 12, 2014
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Kenyatta said Kenya and Ethiopia should cooperate in technology exchange as the two countries enhance economic ties/PSCU
Kenyatta said Kenya and Ethiopia should cooperate in technology exchange as the two countries enhance economic ties/PSCU
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Mar 12 – President Uhuru Kenyatta, on the third day of his State visit to Ethiopia, visited the heart of the country’s automotive industry and said Kenya and Ethiopia had a lot to share in the motor vehicle assembly and aviation industries.

President Kenyatta emerged from a two-hour visit of the Bishoftu Automotive Industry and Dejen Aviation Industry convinced that Kenya had much to learn to lift its automotive sector and to rely more on its own resources.

He said Kenya and Ethiopia should cooperate in technology exchange as the two countries enhance economic ties.

The Bishoftu Automobile Industry – a State-owned premiere motor vehicle assembly plant – produces military, police and commercial vehicles, while Dejen Aviation Industry produces light aircraft, including drones.

The President was accompanied on the tour by some of Kenya’s prominent private sector figures including the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce Chairman Kiprono Kittony, Chris Kirubi of Tiger Haco Brands and Betty Maina of Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM).

Others were Cabinet Secretaries Raychelle Omamo of Defence, Joseph ole Lenku of Interior and Coordination of National Government, Davis Chirchir of Energy, Eng Michael Kamau of Transport and Amb Amina Mohamed of Foreign Affairs.

The President also saw Ethiopia’s aviation building and technology assets, including unmanned aircraft and fighter jets.

He also watched a demonstration of an unmarked air surveillance vehicle, a major asset in Ethiopia’s anti-crime apparatus.

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