Maroc, an Israeli company that provides medical imaging and diagnostic tools, has signed a deal to build a medical device manufacturing facility in South Sudan, South Africa’s state-run news agency SABC said on Tuesday.
It is the first large-scale production facility for the company in the region, which is plagued by conflict.
The company has previously partnered with other partners to produce medical devices in South Africa.
South Africa is the world’s largest producer of medical devices and employs around 20,000 people.
The new facility is expected to be operational in 2018, the state-owned news agency said.
The country is trying to find ways to diversify its economy.
It has already been looking at manufacturing medical devices for its health sector and has been looking into using technology from Maroc.
South African President Jacob Zuma has been critical of Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians, saying he wants the country to be able to deal with its own conflicts.
The Israeli government has also been pushing for a new security treaty with the Palestinians and has threatened to impose a two-state solution if the Palestinians do not reach a deal.