Players in the automobile industry have impressed on government on the need to emulate Nigeria in boosting local content and revenue in the sector.
Managing Director of Japan Motors Trading Company Ltd, Salem Kalmoni told Joy Business, the establishment of plants to assemble vehicles in the country can only be realised when government incentivises the sector just like Nigeria does.
Statistics indicate the shrinking fortunes of the automobile industry began in 2012 due to high import duty, thriving grey markets among others.
Apart from its market size and tax regime, it is believed that Ghana’s inability to attract auto manufacturing companies was also because of inadequately skilled workers in the sector.
Speaking at the launch of the new Nissan Kicks in Accra recently, Mr Kalmoni said, “when it comes to assembling vehicles in the country, it is easier said than done. It requires a lot of incentives especially tax incentives.”
He believes Nigeria hiking import duties to about 70 percent in order to encourage assembling plants was a good move as assembled vehicles only had 10 percent tax on them.
“To make assembling work in Ghana we need to do something similar. Government has done well to bring in sanity at the Ports and it will go a long way to set a fair playing field to all importers,” he said.
He said they welcome the new initiative at the harbours and expect to see more.
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