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[Photos]: Volkswagen car assembling plant in Ghana all set for take-off

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The car assembling plant of German car-maker, Volkswagen appears set for official opening this month.

Officials of the company took some Ghanaian government officials round the plant in Accra as they prepares to officially launch operations on March 18, 2020.

This would be first phase of the company’s operations in the West African nation, as it plans to expand across Africa.

Last year, VW CEO for Africa, Thomas Schafer said creating a market in Africa was key for Volkswagen.

At the German-Ghanaian Business council meeting in Berlin last November Schafer said that the second phase of Volkswagen’s presence in Ghana will be intensified in 2021.

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The company is hopeful the first phase of its presence in Ghana would take off in March, something that would now happen.

Volkwagen assembling plant in Ghana
Ghanaian officials touring the plant ahead of official opening. Photo: Twitter/@GermanAmbGhana

Volkswagen already builds vehicles in Kenya and recently opened another car plant in Rwanda as part of its expansion project in East Africa.

The Rwanda project was the first of such plants in the East African nation expected to led to the building of up to 5,000 cars per year.

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Ghana has said it was prepared to offer car making companies Volkswagen and Nissan tax breaks of up to 10 years.

The move according to the government was intended to attract such automakers to the West African economy.

Setting up local manufacturing plants in Ghana, according to the government should grow its economy and create jobs.

The move to offer such car makers tax breaks is considered an incentive enough to get them to execute their plans.


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