Nissan congratulates Africa’s oldest democracy
Nissan Group of Africa’s bid to become a first mover in the automotive sector of Africa’s oldest democracy is well on track, says director of sales and operations Jim Dando, with the global car maker working closely with the government to flesh out its landmark Memorandum of Understanding signed in November 2018.
Speaking at the Ghana commemorated Independence Day on Friday 6 March, Dando said the company cherished its very warm and productive relationship with the government of Ghana as they worked together to lay the foundations for a sustainable and viable automotive industry.
Dando stated that Nissan had a team of technical experts in country, undertaking a thorough and comprehensive study of available skills, resources and infrastructure currently.
“This is a difficult time for any company to be investing Africa, but we are committed to the government and the people of Ghana to support their bid to develop an automotive sector and our team is putting the final touches on our analysis and due diligence study.
“Nissan is the most popular auto brand in Ghana because the quality of our products and services has won the trust of our customers,” Dando said. “Building vehicles in Ghana would enable us to further improve the products and services we offer to our customers here and would have significant, long-term benefits for the economy in terms of jobs and growth.”
Industrywide vehicle sales in Ghana have been growing steadily at an annual rate of about 10% and now stand at about 9,150 vehicles a year.
Working closely with the government of Ghana and with other members of the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers, Nissan is providing its global expertise to establish a sustainable auto manufacturing industry in the country.
“Properly administered automotive development policies can bring about structural economic change in a short time. We’ve seen this happening with our plants in South Africa and Nigeria, I believe the way we have been working with the government of Ghana in developing the country’s automotive policy has created a new benchmark in terms of how we want to achieve this elsewhere on the continent. We take this opportunity of wishing His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo, his administration and the people of Ghana our heartiest congratulations on their commemoration of this the 63rd anniversary of their independence.” – Jim Dando