Japanese carmaker Nissan, is set to finalise talks with Ghana’s government to establish an assembling plant in the West African country, Ghana’s Trade and Industry Minister Alan Kyerematen has said.
The Minister said Ghana, a country heavily dependent on export of cocoa and gold, as well as oil, is eager to diversify its economy by becoming a significant player in the automotive industry in West Africa.
Mr. Kyerematen who disclosed the deal at the opening of a three-day Ghana Industrial Summit and Exhibition organized by the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI), said since the government declared its intention of making Ghana an automobile hub, it has attracted several offers from players in the industry across the world.
“Major companies basically more or less putting more pressure on us to get started… Nissan is far advanced in terms of discussions,” the trade minister stated.
He added: “These are all opportunities for the private sector to engage with potential investors. And it is our hope that you find partners to grow your sector”.
The announcement of Nissan planning to establish base in Ghana comes on the back of that of VW and Sinotruk. Late August this year, German Chancellor Angela Merkel revealed that the German car maker was set to establish an assembling plant in Ghana.