German car company, Volkswagen starts operations amid COVID-19 pandemic


German Ambassador to Ghana, Christoph Retzlaff, has announced via his Twitter handle that German car manufacturing company, Volkswagen (VW) has started its operations in Ghana.

Apparently, the official launch was supposed to come off on May 18th 2020 but due to the Coronavirus and ban on social gatherings, it couldn’t come off.

However, Mr. Christoph made it known that the company has started assembling its cars.

“Good news: We had to postpone official launch scheduled for 18 March. But Volkswagen assembling in Ghana has started!! Will inform you soon officially. Down pointing backhand index”, he tweeted.

VW signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the government of Ghana to begin the process of establishing an assembling plant in the country to serve the West African sub-regional market.

The assembling plant is to produce about 5,000 units of vehicles every year with plans to increase production depending on the market demand.

Managing Director of VW Africa, Thomas Schaefer after the signing said; “We are looking at an installed capacity of 5000 units per year but hoping to expand as the demand increases. We chose Ghana a year ago after we had a discussion with the government of Ghana and we believe that the country is an ideal spot to start with”.

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