Cars by global automobile giant Volkswagen are now being assembled in Ghana.
The first phase of local assembling of Volkswagen cars started in Accra between March and April 2020.
The auto manufacturing company in 2018 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the government of Ghana. The agreement was to begin the process of establishing an assembling plant in the country to serve the West African sub-regional market.
The assembling plant is expected to produce about 5,000 units of vehicles every year, There are also plans to increase production depending on the market demand.
Volkswagen already builds vehicles in Kenya. The company also recently opened another car plant in Rwanda as part of its expansion project in East Africa.
Ghana’s Minister of Trade and Industry, Alan Kyeremanten, visited the assembling plant of Volkswagen (VW) in Accra. He visited the plant to get a first-hand insight regarding the ongoing work of the automobile giant.
Accompanied by some officials of the Trade Ministry, Mr Kyeremanten expressed satisfaction with the facility of VW.
“I assure Volkswagen and its local assembler in Ghana of the full support of the government in creating an enabling environment and incentive framework to make their investment a major success,” he mentioned.
Earlier in the year, President Nana Akufo-Addo in his State of the Nation Address, said VW, was due to start production by the end of April 2020 as it was building an assembling plant in the North Industrial Area.
According to him, Sinotruk, which also expressed interest in Ghana, will also begin assembling a plant this year.
“Toyota is scheduled to start the assembly of vehicles in Tema in the last quarter of this year. We have high hopes for this new industry, which has come to join our Kantanka,” the President mentioned.
The establishment of these assembling cars plants is expected to create some thousands of jobs for Ghanaians. Particular areas that jobs will be created include mechanical and electrical engineering.