Chinese automaker SAIC Motor has agreed to set up a new joint venture in Egypt with its current local distributor to assemble MG brand cars in the country.

SAIC Motor announced the move this week at a signing ceremony in Cairo with its local partner Mansour Automotive Group, Egypt's largest vehicle distributor.

The automaker's chairman Chen Hong said his company had built up a global corporate infrastructure which integrates R&D, manufacturing, marketing, logistics and finance, with the Mansour Group the latest company to join forces.

Mansour Automotive Group CEO Ankush Arora confirmed construction of the assembly plant was currently under way and vehicle production would start within the next year. His company had also been appointed SAIC Motor's exclusive distributor for sub-Saharan Africa.

At the ceremony SAIC Motor also unveiled the new MG ZS all-electric SUV which would become the first electric vehicle to be available in Egypt when it goes on sale in the next five months.

SAIC Motor has stepped up its overseas sales drive in recent years with foreign sales jumping by 62% to 277,000 vehicles in 2018.