On Monday, 3rd August 2020, the president of the republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo 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. It is a good day for Mother Ghana. 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.
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.
According to Nana Addo there were many who expressed doubt about the feasibility of such an assembly plant being established in Ghana and there were those who for narrow partisan considerations described this as nothing but a hoarse which will never see the light of the day. Two years on his administration has confounded the doubting Thomas’s and is a good day for mother Ghana.
VW presence in Ghana has been facilitated by Government bold move to develop the Ghana automotive development policy under the auspices of the Ministry of Trade and Industry. He commended the Hard working minister of Trade and Industry Mr. Alan Kyeremanteng for making this possible.
Nana Addo unveiling one of the VW cars