The Minister of Trade and Industry , Hon K.T Hammond has entreated government ministries, departments and agencies as well as the general public to patronize locally assembled vehicles to help the local firms to sustain and scale up production, generate revenue, and create more employment opportunities for the citizenry.
The Minister made the remarks when he paid a working visit to some vehicle assembling plants that have taken advantage of the Ghana Automotive Development Policy under the Government’s Industrial Transformation Agenda to set up in the country.
The visit, which was to enable the Minister who assumed office bately a month ago, to familiarize himself with the activities and challenges of enterprises within the purview of the Ministry, saw the Minister and his team visit the Toyota Tsusho Manufacturing Company Ltd. The company is into the assembling of Toyota Hilux and Suzuki vehicles, with a current daily production capacity of four (4) vehicles.
The company was commissioned by President Akufo-Addo in June 2021 and currently employs about 58 Ghanaians. It has since its commissioning produced 600 Toyota Hilux and 100 Suzuki vehicles.
The Minister and his team also visited the Nissan Assembling Plant in Tema, which produces Nissan, Foton and Peugeot vehicles. It has the capacity to produce 3000 vehicles annually. It currently has 59 employees and produces three (3) vehicles daily.
In a related development, the President of the Republic, H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, will be commissioning the Rana Motors and Metal Engineering Ltd. Assembling Plant at Amasaman in the Ga West Municipality of the Greater Accra region on Tuesday, May 02, 2023.
The Plant will roll-out the first generation of KIA vehicles proudly Assembled-in-Ghana. These will be the exact same vehicles manufactured, certified and traded globally by KIA Motor Corporation of Korea, the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) of KIA vehicles.