Nissan revs up African production with 2 new plants

TOKYO — Nissan Motor is planning to open plants in Algeria and Ghana in its push to tap rising demand for passenger cars in northern and western Africa.

In Algeria, the Japanese automaker is considering importing parts for final assembly while limiting operations in Ghana to a simpler process because of the lack of manufacturing infrastructure. Nissan is currently in talks with Ghanan authorities, and if the plan goes through, it would become the first Japanese automaker to set up production in West Africa.

China is aggressively investing in Africa as part of its Belt and Road Initiative, pledging in September $60 billion in financing for the region. With Nissan expanding operations on the continent, Japanese companies, too, are jumping on the bandwagon to tap rapid growth backed by…

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