- A top government official, Gabby Otchere-Darko, has advised Kantanka Automobile Limited to be creative with its business
- This comes after the CEO of the company, Kwadwo Safo Jnr,, complained about the deal to set up a car plant in Ghana for VW, a German car company
- Otchere-Darko stated that a good proposal to the government may open doors for the company
Founder of the Danquah Institute and member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Gabby Otchere-Darko, has called on Ghanaian car maker, Kantanka Automobile Limited, to be proactive in its line of business.
In an interview on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show on Monday, September 3, 2018, he stated that the company can do more to make the government purchase its vehicles.
His comments were in reaction to comments from the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company, Kwadwo Safo Jnr, with respect to the announcement by the government that German carmaker, Volks Wagen (VW) will be setting up a car assembly plant in Ghana.
In his opinion, the move isn’t an attempt to stifle the activities of the Ghanaian company, and if the right measures are implemented, the government will come in to support.
Otchere-Darko earlier took to social media to outdoor his Kantanka vehicle, and unveiled his Kantanka vehicle.
He took the opportunity to advice the company to engage in the mass production of vehicles which the average Ghanaian can afford.
According to him, smaller vehicles with Uber-like features could attract a market and generate revenue for the company.
The government’s VW announcement has been applauded in some quarters on social media, but has also raised questions about government's commitment to helping the indigenous car company.
Critics say the President's much-touted 'Ghana beyond aid' is hollow if it cannot empower local businesses and entrepreneurs.
In response to a tweet by Kwadwo Safo Jnr, Otchere-Darko stated that company is responsible for its weak penetration in the Ghana market.
He revealed that the company has a great opportunity to expand because the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta, who controls the public purse, is also a client of the local company.
He added that Ofori Atta is excited with the vehicle and may positively respond to a proposal from the company, if it is proactive in his business dealings.
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