BMW has announced it will build its first SUV in Monrova, a port city in the Ivory Coast, which is in the country’s east, to support its new sports car and SUV program.
The Monrovados are among the first African nations to be allowed to export their cars, and the automaker plans to have a vehicle built there by the end of 2021.
BMW says it is also making an initial investment of $20 million to support the city and surrounding area.
The announcement comes amid growing pressure on the automakers to build its vehicles in the U.S. and Asia, as it looks to tap into growing demand for its new vehicles and the electrification of the U,S.
Monroviados economy has been in decline since the 1960s, when the country was forced to export its cars due to political instability.