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Ghana government offers strong support for indigenous automobile manufacturer

Kantanka Automobile Company Limited (Kantanka), a wholly owned Ghanaian automobile manufacturer will deliver unnamed quantities of its vehicles to state institutions, a senior government official said.

Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources Benito Owusu-Bio said this at a ceremony on Wednesday where two pick-up trucks from Kantanka were delivered to the Forestry Commission.

“The government is committed to ensuring that the local industries are given the right input and the right support for them to be able to stand on their feet, competitively,” the deputy Minister told Xinhua in an interview.

He acknowledged the high expenditure in manufacturing cars locally, which made these local brands of vehicles uncompetitive in terms of cost.

“Because of that government has announced the waiving of import duties on the importation of spare-parts that the company brings in. That is the beginning and that is what the company asked for and the government has backed it up by supporting them,” he added.

He said the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources will ensure that all its sector agencies, including the Minerals Commission and Lands Commission, also emulate the good example set by the Forestry Commission by buying vehicles from Kantanka as part of their official fleet.

“Not even talking about employing more people, and this is our first step of that support,” Kwadwo Owusu-Afriyie, Chief Executive Officer(CEO) of the Forestry Commission said.

The CEO pledged that the Forestry Commission will buy two more trucks from Kantanka to augment existing fleet of operational vehicles.

He also urged all other state and private institutions to emulate the good example set by the commission and purchase the locally manufactured vehicles to help promote the industry. Enditem

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