Deputy Trade Minister launches new VW T-Cross Model

A Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Hon Nana Ama Dokuaa Asiamah-Adjei, has launched the latest VW T-Cross brand of vehicle assembled in the country, under the Ghana Automotive Development Programme.
The event took place at the Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel in Accra. The Volkswagen T-Cross is a subcompact crossover SUV and it is the smallest SUV model from Volkswagen.
VW Ghana was the first Auto Company to be registered under the Ghana Automotive Development Programme and launched its commercial activities in July, 2020 to assemble the Polo, Tiguan, Passat, Teramont, Amarok and the Caddy.
The Deputy Minister revealed that since the launch of its assembly operations in August 2020, VW Ghana has assembled and sold about a 1,000 vehicles.
She said with disruptions to the world economy due to Covid-19, Ghana was seeking to take advantage of opportunities that exist within the auto value chain whilst developing a comprehensive Component and Supplier Development Programme framework to attract investments from Original Equipment Component Manufacturers and facilitate among others, the transitioning from Knocked Down assembly to vehicle manufacturing whilst enhancing localisation within the industry.
She said this decision by the Government is to enhance the value of the country’s natural resources including Bauxite, Iron Ore, Petroleum, that directly feeds into vehicle production, which will help establish Ghana as a preferred destination for component manufacturing.
She was optimistic that the attraction of other Global OEMs into the vehicle assembly space would create the conditions necessary to attract these component manufacturers who move with these OEMs to feed into the supply chain.
Hon Dokuaa announced that in the coming months, other OEMs would be completing the establishment of their assembly plants and would join the five (5) registered assemblers under the Auto Programme, a further attestation to the positive response received from industry player towards vehicle assembly. This would help achieve the objective of making Ghana a vehicle manufacturing hub on the continent and secure markets both at the sub-regional and continental markets for locally assembled vehicles.
According to the Deputy Minister, the Government, aside the directive on the procurement of locally assembled vehicle by its agencies, is also putting in place measures that would create the platform for Ghanaians to procure locally assembled vehicle under flexible conditions as it exist in other economies to increase the demand for new vehicles and help renew the national vehicle fleet.
The CEO of VW VW Ghana Ltd (who also doubles as the President of the Automobile Assemblers of Ghana), Mr. Jeffrey Oppong-Peprah, commended Government for the automotive development programme. He said the company was looking to extending its reach beyond Ghana to countries such as Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal and Cameroon.
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MOTI commemorates Green Ghana Day

The essence of tree planting is to generally improve lives and our way of living.
The tree planting agenda adopted by government through it’s Green Ghana Project is aimed at enhancing the country’s forest cover as it produces a wide range of benefits to our ecosystem.
This year, Government through the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources targeted to plant 20million new trees, an increase of about 13million from last year’s target.
At the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the Chief Director Mr. Patrick Yaw Nimo led the tree planting exercise with the support of Director HR and other Technical Heads. The forecourt of the Ministry was earmarked for this purpose.
The Chief Director encouraged staff to cultivate the habit of tree planting in their various homes to make the country a better place to live in. Good health is highly characterised by clean air which is a benefit humans receive from plants.
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$9m Nissan assembly plant commissioned: over 31,000 vehicles to be produced annually

The Nissan Assembly Plant in the Industrial City, Tema, which has the capacity to produce 11,593 units of vehicles per shift per annum, is a partnership between Japan Motors of Ghana and the Nissan Motor Corporation. For three shifts at full capacity, the plant can produce 31,666 vehicles annually. The plant has commenced production with two models, the Nissan Navara and the Peugeot 3008 sports utility vehicle (SUV), which will be produced on contract assemblies.Yesterday, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo officially commissioned the facility, which has the country’s only vehicle test track.

The track is 419 metres long, with 12 noise detection and vibration sections, alignment checks, steering brakes, clutch concerns, among others. It also has a water test facility to check for leaks on new vehicles.The facility is both unique to the country and highly environmentally friendly in its capacity to recycle water, which will be filtered and reused for the water test booth and car wash.

The plant also has two assembly lines and one tester line inside. One assembly line will be used for pick-up trucks and the other for saloon cars and SUVs. The tester line will be used to test vehicles coming out of the two assembly lines for wheel alignment, brake lights and camera alignment, as well as visual interior and exterior checks.T he colourful ceremony to commission the plant, situated on a 22,000 square-metre land in Tema, attracted a number of dignitaries, including the Tema Mankralo, Nii Adjetey Agbo III; the MD of Nissan Africa, Mike Whitfield; the Chairman of the Japan Motors Group of Companies, Jalal Kalmoni, and a section of the Diplomatic Corps.

President Akufo-Addo, who expressed delight at the opening of the plant, said it was in line with the government’s vision of making Ghana a leading hub in the automobile industry in Africa after countries such as South Africa, Egypt and Morocco. He explained that the establishment of the assembly plant attested to the attractiveness of the country as a prime investment destination, in spite of the current economic challenges due to the COVID-19. He indicated that the development of the auto industry was one of the new strategic anchor industries being promoted by the government, under its industrial transformation agenda, to diversify the economy.

High import bill
President Akufo-Addo noted that currently the importation of both motor and transport vehicles constituted the leading value of imports into the country, at an estimated annual value of $1.5 billion.He said the COVID-19 and its consequent disruption in global supply chain were undoubtedly creating challenges for the country, but they had also opened up opportunities to enhance its industrial productive capacities to feed the domestic market and also export to other markets.He said it was for that reason that the government had invested resources to enhance the productive capacity of the private sector, particularly the selected strategic sectors of the economy. I am delighted that in the automobile sector, we have successfully attracted investments from a number of global iconic brands, including Volkswagen, Toyota and now Nissan.

“Other original equipment manufacturing (OEM) groups, including Hyundai, KIA and ISUZU, have also reached advanced stages in establishing commercial production facilities in Ghana” he said.

The President noted that the establishment of assembly plants alone would not create significant employment opportunities expected from the automotive industry. He explained that it was for that reason that the Ministry of Trade and Industry had laid out a comprehensive component supplier and development programme to support the local production of components for the automotive industry. He added that in the light of that, the government had developed the integrated bauxite and integrated iron and steel industries to produce the required raw materials that would feed the components manufacturing industry in the country.In addition, he said, a comprehensive components manufacturing policy was being developed to provide incentives to attract various investors to manufacture components and parts domestically.

Local industry
President Akufo-Addo noted that the rolling out of the policy would lead to harnessing the capacities of local value chain actors, particularly technicians, operating at Suame Magazine, Abossey Okai, Kokompe and other hubs across the country to play critical roles in the component manufacturing and supply development programme.

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen, for his part, indicated that Ghana’s automotive development policy had become the masterpiece, presenting itself as a template for other sub-Saharan African countries to adopt. Taking cognisance of the fact that the investor community expected the full implementation of the policy, he said, the ministry was engaging with the Automotive Assemblers Association of Ghana (AAAG), second-hand dealers, the Ministry of Finance and the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) to develop a road map for the smooth implementation of outstanding issues.

“The full implementation of the various provisions under the policy is to position Ghana to take advantage of the increasing demand for vehicles in Africa and boost local production of vehicles, and this, we believe, will enhance the export of vehicles to neighbouring countries within ECOWAS and across the continent,” Mr Kyerematen stated.

Licensed Assembler
The Managing Director (MD) of the Japan Motors Group of Companies, Salem Kalmoni, expressed delight at the commissioning of the plant, coming 17 months after the announcement of its intention. He said Nissan committed to establishing the assembly plant in Ghana in 2018, and in November 2020, announced the selection of Japan Motors, Nissan’s long-standing distributor in the country, as the ‘licensed assembler’. For the past 17 months, there has been a concerted and coordinated race to design, build and equip the assembly plant and train engineers to achieve what you see before you today: a state-of-the-art, fully equipped, semi-knocked down (SKD) vehicle assembly plant which is the most modern in Ghana, Mr Kalmoni stated.He said Nissan had ensured that the assembly plant met all the requirements beyond the Ghana Automotive Development Policy and said although it would start with the production of 1,800 units a year, the plant would ramp up production to full capacity in due course in order to increase employment.

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1D1F: President Akufo-Addo Commissions $30 Million Factory At Ningo Prampram

<span>President Nana Akufo-Addo has commissioned the Atlantic LifeSciences Ltd, a company operating under government’s 1-District-1-Factory initiative.<br></span><br>Speaking at the commissioning, President Akufo-Addo stated that the ceremony “is in further fulfilment of the promise by Government, in partnership with the private sector, to set up at least one medium to large scale enterprise in every district of Ghana”.<br><br>According to the President “Whilst previous attempts at rural economic revitalisation in Ghana have focused mainly on the provision of physical infrastructural facilities, the One-District-One-Factory Programme focuses on the promotion of commercially viable business ventures, to generate sustainable and accelerated economic development for rural communities”.<br><span><br>He stated that&nbsp;<a target=”” rel=””></a>Atlantic Lifesciences Ltd., with the support of Government in 2017, has established this new facility in the healthcare sector, engaged in the manufacture of vaccines, anti-snake serums, eye drops, inhalation anaesthesia products, syrups, tablets, and capsules, in Larkpleku, under the One District One Factory (1D1F) Programme. “</span>It is the one hundred and seventh (107th) factory completed and operating under the 1D1F initiative, out of the two hundred and seventy-eight (278) enterprises being established and rehabilitated across the country, and I congratulate the promoters and management of the company for taking advantage of this Programme”, he said.<br>

<br>President Akufo-Addo was happy to note that the Ministry of Trade and Industry, in collaboration with Ghana EXIM Bank and Standard Chartered Bank, has since 2017 supported this company to benefit from the 1D1F Programme.Out of the total investment for the project, which is estimated at thirty-five million dollars (US$35 million), Ghana Exim Bank provided a credit facility to the tune of ten million dollars ($10 million) for the procurement of plant, equipment, and machinery. This, according to the President, underscores the kind of support given by Government to the private sector to take advantage of economic opportunities in the country. <br><br>President Akufo-Addo was pleased to learn that “this new factory is generating some three hundred and eighty (380) direct jobs, and, when fully operational, will generate additional direct employment for some four hundred (400) workers. In addition, the facility is expected to create a total of two thousand, five hundred (2,500) indirect jobs”. <br><br>He commended the collaborative work, between the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Ministry of Health, Ghana Exim Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Food and Drugs Authority, Traditional Authorities, and foreign partners of the company, for providing the requisite support towards the establishment of the state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.

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Expo 2020 Dubai, Commemorates Ghana Day

The 8th of March 2022 will go down memory lane as the day the world had a feel and taste of Ghana and its rich culture at the ongoing Expo 2020 Dubai. An event that brought together about 400 Ghanaian nationals to the UAE to experience and participate in the Expo. With lots of cultural display and exhibition of Ghana’s Natural Resources and locally produced goods, the celebration was nothing short of colourful.

To grace the occasion, the Government of Ghana delegation led by his Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo Addo, included the Minister for Trade and Industry, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, the Minister for Information, the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, the Minister for Water and Sanitation, the Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry (Hon. Herbert Krapa) among other various Heads of Agencies were in attendance.

H.E. Sheikh Nahyan Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE’s Minister for Tolerance and Coexistence and Commissioner General for Expo 2020 Dubai opened the event. In his remarks, he hinted that Ghana since World Expo 1967 in Montreal, & has continued its legacy of active participation in every Exposition. He commended H.E the President of Ghana and the Commissioner General for Ghana, Hon. Carlos Kingsley Ahenkorah and his team for job well executed. He mentioned that the UAE looks forward to tapping from Ghana’s resource and expertise and therefore looks forward to the upcoming Ghana Business Forum scheduled to take place 9th March as a catalyst and commercial undertakings that will fulfill this purpose.

H.E. Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo Addo, delivered the keynote address of the function. In his remarks, he also commended Ghana’s Organising Committee for Expo 2020 Dubai. To showcase Ghana as a country of limitless opportunities, as the theme for Ghana (Ghana: Limitless Opportunities), the following were highlighted by the President:<

  • At 65 years, Ghana is determined to get it right in a sustainable manner
  • Our GDP rate prior to COVID 19 was 7% which is a catalyst for growth in the government’s transformational agenda
  • Ghana is committed to creating an enabling environment for the private sector to thrive thereby growing the need of young people
  • The country’s industrial transformation agenda, through our policies such as 1D1F, Digital Addressing System, Biometric registration of citizens among others, have yielded positive results
  • Today Ghana is the largest recipient of Foreign Direct Investment in West Africa
  • Ghana is ranked 3rd in the Ease of Doing Business in West Africa
  • Ghana is the new commercial capital in Africa by hosting the secretariat of the AfCFTA
  • Ghana is the largest producer of gold in the world

Ghana is ready for business – Ghana is a land full of opportunities and we have taken it upon ourselves to build a business-friendly economy, he ended.

H.E. Nana Addo, encouraged people to visit the Ghana pavilion to have a taste of Ghanaian products and a feel of Ghanaian culture. The celebration ended with a tour of the Ghana Pavilion, and later the Heads of State for Ghana and the UAE met at the Ghana Pavilion for a round table discussion.

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