President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has today unveiled six different brands of locally assembled vehicles produced by Volkswagen Ghana.
The six vehicles that were unveiled are the Tiguan, Teramont, Amarok, Passat, Polo and Caddy.
Speaking at the event held at the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City Accra, President Akufo-Addo commended the Trade Minister, Alan Kyerematen for bringing this to fruition.
According to him, there were many doubting Thomases who thought government would be unable to establish an assembling plant here in the country.
However, his government has been able to fulfill the promise it made to Ghanaians bringing his naysayers once again to shame.
“There were many who expressed doubts about the feasibility of such an assembling plant being established in Ghana. And there were those who for narrow partisan consideration described this announcement as nothing but a which will never see the light of day. Two years on, we’ve confounded the doubting Thomases,” he said.
Speaking on the impact this will have on the economy, President Akufo-Addo entreated Volkswagen Ghana to make sure the cars they produce in the country are not only affordable but also ensure it will be of high quality.
“For the young generation of Ghanaians, they have to be reminded that Volkswagen is not new to Ghana. The Volkswagen means the people’s car so I’m expected the brands being assembled in Ghana will not only be affordable but also be of the highest quality.”
Reiterating his commitment that government will continue to support the company in diverse ways to ensure sustainability and profitability of it in the country, President Akufo-Addo said all government agencies have been instructed to purchase locally assembled vehicles.
He further noted his administration will continue to produce incentives that will attract investors into the country.
Trade Minister, Alan Kyerematen speaking at the unveiling said the Akufo-Addo-led government is sowing the seed of building an automobile industry in Ghana just like China and Japan.
He listed five salient points the presence of VW will have on the economy going forward stating that it will help reduce our import bill, it will create an opportunity for us to earn significant amount in foreign exchange, it will create both skilled and highly paid jobs, it will stimulate the growth of small businesses and also stimulate growth of other sectors in the economy.
VW started operations in April this year and the cars which are available for purchase goes for as low as GHC60,000.
Toyota, Nissan, Sinotruck have also expressed commitment in establishing their assembling plant here in the country.