NAIROBI, KENYA -- Samsung has decided not to build an assembly plant here after the local government failed to enact rules to restrict cheap electronic imports.

The Korean electronics maker intended to assemble TVs, laptops and printers for the East and Central African regions at the site. Samsung first announced the plant in 2013, and it was intended to open in 2014.

Sung Yoon, Samsung Electronics chief executive for Africa, blamed the Kenyan government for failing to enact import duties on electronics. Yoon said any electronics made locally would be overrun by cheaper imports.

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