China's Foton Motor this week handed over the first two units of a consignment of 19 locally-produced electric buses to be delivered to the Egypt's Ministry of Military Production by the end of the year, in a ceremony to mark the launch of the first phase of a new manufacturing project in the country.

The ceremony, held at a government factory in Salam city industrial estate just east of the capital city Cairo, was attended by the Egyptian Minister for Military Production Mohammed al-Assar and representatives of Foton Motor.

The initial consignment of electric buses is part of what is described as the initial phase of a new project to jointly manufacture electric buses in Egypt. The project involves the cooperation of Egypt's Ministry of Military Production, Foton Motor and Egyptian company IMUT.

In April the Egyptian government signed an agreement with Foton Motor to produce 2,000 electric buses at one of the ministry's local factories over a period of four years, with 48 buses chassis/kits to be delivered for local production by the end of 2019.

Mohammed al-Assar said his ministry has been working at "full capacity to expedite the completion of the localization and technology transfer of electric bus production in Egypt to serve the transport sector".

In July the Egyptian ministry of industry and trade, AmrNassar, after a meeting with Dongfeng Motor Corporation (DFM) said the Chinese automaker was also considering producing electric vehicles in Egypt.