The Coca-Cola Company has opened a new, state-of-the-art Coca-Cola bottling plant in Hargeisa City, Somaliland.The modern beverage production plant is the first industrial production plant of its kind in Somaliland.
Nathan Kalumbu, president of Central, East and West Africa for The Coca-Cola Company, described the significance of the investment by the global brand during the inauguration ceremony: “We are delighted about this new opportunity to refresh our consumers with high quality beverage choices.
“This investment will create an estimated 135 direct jobs and 2,500 indirect jobs, and will contribute to a healthy distribution and retail sector in Somaliland. Our commitment to the continent of Africa remains enduring and unshakable.”
The US$17m investment by The Coca-Cola Company and its partner, Somaliland Beverage Industries, is part of the Coca-Cola System’s commitment to invest US$12bn in the continent by 2020, starting in 2010.
The chairman of Somaliland Beverage Industries, Ahmed Osman Guelleh, said: “Bringing the production of Coca-Cola brands to Somaliland not only brings the much needed entrepreneurial and employment opportunities, but builds local capability through access to global best practice and manufacturing standards, including ISO and environmental and safety standards.”
The Coca-Cola bottling plant investment in Somaliland is based on a 100 % franchising agreement.
Source: Somaliland Beverage Industries