Nissan to support development of automotive manufacturing
Adding to its track record of investing in Africa, Nissan has committed to working with the government of Ghana to establish an automotive manufacturing industry in the country. The company will also make Ghana its hub for sales and marketing in West Africa.
The announcements were made in Accra, where Alan Kyerematen, Ghana’s minister of trade and industry, and Mike Whitfield, managing director of Nissan Group of Africa, signed a memorandum of understanding.
Nissan aims to be the first carmaker to assemble vehicles in Ghana, building on it market leadership in the country. Nissan models accounted for 32.8% of vehicle sales in Ghana last year. The company’s cars, pickups and SUVs are sold through a national network of six sales and service outlets.
Kyerematen praised Nissan’s commitment to Ghana, saying: “We welcome this MOU and commit ourselves in turn to working with Nissan to create the necessary environment for the level of investment that will make Ghana’s automotive sector a reality.”
On his part, the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, said: “We welcome Nissan, one of the great automobile manufacturing companies in the world, to our country. We assure them of the full co-operation of the Government and people of Ghana to make their investment a success for both them and us.”
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From left to right: Nissan Group of Africa, Managing Director, Mike Whitfield; President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo; Jim Dando, Nissan Director of Sales Operations, Africa; Ghana Minister for Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen