By Musa Sunusi Ahmad
Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo unveiled the first VW vehicles assembled in the newly established VW Assembly Plant in Ghana. The models being assembled are Tiguan, Teramont, Amarok, Caddy, Polo and Passat. “The VW assembly plant will create a lot of highly skilled jobs, reduce the high amounts of foreign exchange used in the importation of second-hand vehicles, and, thereby, help strengthen the Ghanaian currency, whilst, at the same time, earn the nation foreign exchange through the exportation of made-in-Ghana vehicles”, President Akufo-Addo said.
Several other automobile companies have started preparation to build and assemble vehicles in the West African country. “With the Chinese company, Sinotruk, already engaged in the assembly of trucks in #Ghana, I am hopeful that other global automobile companies, which have indicated their preparedness to set-up shop in Ghana, will soon follow the remarkable, pioneering example of Volkswagen”, the President added. This is part of Ghana’s industrialization drive to transform the economy. This path is critical for African economies to boost manufacturing and create value addition.