- Trade Minister says, government is more than ready to enforce the ban on the importation of vehicles older than 10 years to Ghana
- He made the comments at the launch of the new Ghana Automotive Development policy here in Accra
- Mr Alan Kyerematen opined that the ban will protect the automobile companies in the country and also protect Ghanaians from the dangers of old vehicles
Government has announced that it is ready to implement the ban on the importation of 10-year-old plus vehicles.
According to the Minister for Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen, the ban is part of government’s efforts to protect its citizens from dangers involved in suing old vehicles, as well as to create a competitive automobile industry in Ghana.
“Among the measures introduced as part of the new policy is the ban on vehicles older than 10 years. Our imports statistics show that 60% of the vehicles imported are over 10 years, and this contributes to the high emission and the pollution of the environment,” he said during the launch of the new Ghana Automotive Development policy in Accra.
Mr. Kyerematen also revealed that automotive industry is a key player to the development and growth of the economy. He opined that it boosts employment creation, contribute to GDP and industrialization.
He also added that the new Ghana Automotive Development policy will amongst others ensure 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 Minister stated that the vehicle assembly and the automotive industry is an important component of government’s industrialization plan.
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