Parliament says Japan carmakers must transfer skills to locals

The First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joseph Osei-Owusu, has urged Japanese automobile companies to invest in the training of Ghanaian mechanics so as to enable them acquire the technical know-how for repairing vehicles from Japan when they break down.

He noted that the Ghanaian market abounds with several Japanese automobile brands: however, these vehicles become obsolete when they break down since local mechanics are unable to repair or fix them.

Speaking at Parliament House during a courtesy call on him by a four-member delegation from the Japan-Ghana Parliamentary Friendship Association in Accra on Monday, he said: “Companies in Japan should invest in training mechanics. Vehicles are more popular when mechanics can repair them and they can be used for a long time”.

Japanese automobile brands such as Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Isuzu and Suzuki have been in the Ghanaian market for decades, hence the call for transfer of skills.

Mr. Osei-Owusu also commended Toyota Ghana for plans to set up an assembly plant in the country, which is expected to be ready by August this year.

The Leader of the delegation, Manabu Sakai, told the Deputy Speaker and his entourage made up of the Majority Leader, Osei-Kyei Mensah-Bonsu and the Chairman of the Ghana-Japan Parliamentary Friendship Association, Seth Acheampong, among others that some Japanese businesses which are eager to invest in Ghana are awaiting the approval of a JETRO office.

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The Japanese government has expressed interest in establishing a Japanese External Trade Organisation (JETRO) office in Ghana to facilitate trade among citizens of the two countries subject to approval by the Parliament of Ghana.

The JETRO is a government-related organisation that works to promote mutual trade and investment between Japan and the rest of the world.

To this end, the delegation made a call on the Parliament of Ghana to expedite actions on the request when Parliament resumes sitting by end of January.

On his part, Chairman of the Ghana-Japan Parliamentary Friendship Association, Seth Acheampong, indicated that it is very significant for Japan to plan setting up a JETRO office to deepen business relations between the two countries; and added that the West African country remains a rising nation with regard to economic stability and growth, as well as ease of doing business.

The Japanese delegation’s visit to Ghana’s Parliament was a reciprocal gesture on the back of a similar visit by the Ghanaian team last year, to foster a cordial relationship and boost Parliament to Parliament collaboration.

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