‘4,700 locallassembled vehicles sold since introduction of government auto policy’
The Automobile Assemble Association of Ghana(AAAG) has disclosed that more than 4,700 locally assembled vehicles have been sold in Ghana and other African markets since the development of an automobile policy in Ghana.
Six major local firms assembled the vehicles in the country.
The companies are Volkswagen, Toyota, Kantanka and Silver Star Auto Limited, distributors of Peugeot vehicles in Ghana.
According to the President of the Association, Jeffrey Oppong Peprah, this strongly indicates that Ghana’s automobile industry has a bright future.
AAAG, in a ceremony on January 14, inaugurated an ultra-modern $8 million office and showroom facility for the Automotive Development Council.
The Automobile Development Council is part of the flagship initiatives by the government under the Ministry of Trade and Industry to support the assembling of vehicles in the country to support local job creation.
Present at the ceremony was the outgoing Minister for Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen, who reiterated the government’s commitment to creating an enabling environment for the sector.
He believes the council establishment couldn’t have come at a better time after the government invested about $8 million into the facility.
“As you are all aware, as part of the implementation of the government of Ghana’s Industrial Transformation Agenda, the Ministry of Trade and Industry, in 2018, commenced the design of Ghana Automotive Development Policy aimed at making Ghana the automobile manufacturing hub in the sub-region”.
“I am happy to note that as a country, we are on the path of becoming the vehicle manufacturing hub within the sub-region through the implementation of the Ghana Automotive Development Policy, which has led to the attraction of six of the top 10 leading Original Equipment Manufacturers of the world to invest in Ghana”.