By Cecil Mensah
The Kantanka Automobile Limited, the local assemblers of Kantanka cars, has given the assurance that, their vehicles meet International Standards Organization’s specifications and fit for the Ghanaian terrain.
He maintained that, the cars are assembled to meet international standards and specifications for consumers all over the world.
Mr Kwadwo Sarfo Jnr, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Kantanka Automobile Limited, made this comment, when the Minister of Environment, Science Technology and Innovations, Mr Mahama Ayariga, paid a working visit to the assembly plant of the company in the Central Region to acquaint himself with the operations of the company.
According to him, the company, has a plant that has the capacity to produce twelve cars in a day.
He added that, the company currently has a workforce of 350, made of engineers from the various polytechnics and universities across the country, and four expatriates from China; who are in charge of transferring knowledge.
He said, had it not been the tax component on the importation of the raw materials, the company would be able to assemble the vehicles and sell them as low as 4,000 Dollars for the ordinary man on the street.
He called for the need to provide incentives to enable vehicles assembled in the country to be cheaper.
He said countries Nigeria, South Africa and India, have led the way compelling the citizenry to use locally assembled vehicles.
He said, the company would continue to fight for tax rebates to reduce the cost of the vehicles and make it lower and expand the operations of the company.
He added that for now the cars are sold for 180, 000 to 20, 000 Dollars for the pick-ups and four wheels drives, as well as 75, 000 Dollars for the saloon cars.
He said, since the company unveiled the cars, the response has been overwhelming with people from all walks of life placing request for the vehicles.
On his part, Mr Mahama Ayariga, said he would write a memorandum to Cabinet to press home for all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MMDAs) to purchase vehicles assembled in the country as part of their fleet augmentation for next year.
He said, the difference between these cars and other cars are the technologies used in assembling them.
He said, most countries which have developed in the car industry started by assembling them before venturing into manufacturing.
He said, not all the components of vehicles are produced by the traditional car makers in the world in recent times.
He said, he would fight with Cabinet to provide tax incentives to companies that are assembling vehicles in the country to reduce prices.