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Gov’t hastily signed VW agreement – Kantanka expresses shock

File. A vehicle assembling plant of Kantanka Automobile in Ghana.

Popular indigenous car assembling company Kantanka Automobile Company Limited has expressed shock at the swiftness with which government agreed to the proposal of German automobile company Volkswagen (VW).

It said its numerous proposals to government have not seen such swiftness.

Government last Thursday concluded an agreement with VW to have its assembly plant in Ghana. It formed part of the fallout from German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s one day’s state visit to Accra.

The move was lauded by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

But management of Kantanka takes an exception to the whole deal.

“We are of the view that government has hastily signed the agreement without broad stakeholder consultations,” management of Kantanka said in a statement over the weekend.

“We are shocked to learn that the Ministry of Trade and Industry is part of this deal and want to question the Minister’s position in the promotion of trade and industry in Ghana vis-à-vis the local automotive industry.

“We are also shocked to learn that government has fast-tracked the signing of the MoU and want to ask the sector minister, still the Minister of Trade and Industry and again his Senior Minister the last time they have fast-tracked any of the numerous proposals that we have submitted to their offices.”

Read the full statement below:

PRESS STATEMENT BY KANTANKA AUTOMOBILE ON THE SETTING UP OF

VW’S ASSEMBLY PLANT IN GHANA.

Our attention has been drawn to the Daily Graphic publication on Friday August 30, 2018 captioned “President Akufo-Addo lauds VW’s decision to set up Assembly Plant in Ghana”  during the German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s brief visit to Ghana on Thursday, August 29, 2018

The paper stated that the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the establishment of the automobile assembly plant was signed between Volkswagen (VW) and Ghana’s Ministry of Trade and Industry.

Prior to the visit of the German Chancellor, the Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo-Maafo, in a press briefing at the recently held Graphic / Stanbic Breakfast Meeting at La Palm Hotel on August 1, 2018 stated and it was reported by the Daily Graphic of August 2, 2018 that, two international automobile companies are expected to set up their plants in the country to assemble their brand of vehicles.

Senior Minister Yaw Osafo-Maafo again stated that two separate MoUs were submitted to the government and government has fast-tracked the signing of the MoUs to expedite the setting up of the plants.

Senior Minister Yaw Osafo-Maafo further stated that “in the MoU which was currently being reviewed was a request that “of course government buys a certain amount of the cars”.

We want to state emphatically that we welcome the news of VW setting up a plant here in Ghana. We are not against it. We are aware there will be competition, as there has always been and this is going to give us the marginal propensity to work hard and achieve our long term goals for mother Ghana and Africa.

However, we are of the view that government has hastily signed the agreement without broad stakeholder consultations.

We are shocked to learn that the Ministry of Trade and Industry is part of this deal and want to question the Minister’s position in the promotion of trade and industry in Ghana vis-à-vis the local automotive industry.

We are also shocked to learn that government has fast-tracked the signing of the MoU and want to ask the sector minister, still the Minister of Trade and Industry and again his Senior Minister the last time they have fast-tracked any of the numerous proposals that we have submitted to their offices.

We are again shocked that in the MoU, government has agreed to buy “a certain amount of the cars” from the companies yet to be established and want to ask the Senior Minister if Kantanka has ever been given that opportunity.

We want to find out:

  1. Under which policies are the international companies going to operate?
  2. Under which Custom Procedure Code (CPC) are their knock downs going to be treated?

iii. Under which tax and duty regimes are they going to be classified?

We want to remind all Ghanaians once again that Kantanka is not against the setting up of auto assembly plants in the country but nostalgic memories are that we have seen Nissan here in the early 70s, DAF and Neoplan existed and when the going got tough they closed down and left us. Kantanka has come to stay.

God bless our homeland Ghana and make Kantanka greater and stronger.

MANAGEMENT

KANTANKA AUTOMOBILE CO. LTD.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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