Trade and Industry Minister Alan Kyeremateng says the government is ready to implement a ban on the importation of vehicles older than 10 years among other measures as part of efforts to create a competitive automotive industry while protecting Ghanaians from the dangers of old vehicles.
He made the comments at the launch of the new Ghana Automotive Development policy here in Accra.
According to the Minister, the Automotive Industry plays a strategic role in economic development in respect of employment creation, contribution to GDP, and building of industries like metals, glass, plastics, rubber, and electronics.
He also pointed out the benefits to other areas such as vehicle financing, insurance, warehousing, automobile parts, after-market services, among others.
“The difference between what we did in the late 60s and now is the fact that we are now making sure that we have an Auto Policy. People have lost faith in governments, but I can tell you that if we don’t do anything at all, at least we can provide a framework and an environment for the private sector to succeed.”
Among the strategic objectives of the policy is the establishment of a competitive automotive industry, generation of highly-skilled, well-paid jobs (direct and indirect) in automotive assembly, the pursuit of import substitution and exports to improve the balance of payments and the improvement of road safety for all Ghanaian.
The staff of Standard Chartered last Friday undertook a clean-up exercise at the Accra Rehabilitation Centre and also donated assorted items for the upkeep of the students at the Centre.
Commenting on the essence of the initiative, Asiedua Addae, Head of Corporate Affairs, Brand and Marketing said the outreach was part of activities to mark the Bank’s Total Wellness Week celebrations and forms part of the Banks overall community engagement agenda.
The total wellness week celebration focused on encouraging employees to make quality choices around the seven dimensions of wellness – Spiritual Intellectual, Occupational, Social, Emotional, Mental and Environmental.