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Nigerian Automotive Magnate Diana Chen Wants to Assemble Cars in the DR Congo

File image of Diana Chen, chair of the Nigeria-based CIG Motors, who now plans to expand her automotive assembly operation to the DR Congo.

Diana Chen, head of the Nigeria-based automotive group CIG Motors Limited, together with the DR Congo’s Minister for Trade Julien Paluku announced a new deal to assemble cars in Kinshasa’s Maluku Special Economic Zone.

CIG will reportedly build the new plant within a year. It will be able to assemble up to a thousand vehicles annually, aimed at the local Congolese market. CIG will also build sales and service operations in the country.

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