Mr. Schäfer, in addition to Kenya, Rwanda, Nigeria and Ethiopia, Volkswagen now also wants to start small-series assembly in Ghana. Why there?
After Rwanda, Ghana is probably the most progressive and organized country in the sub-Saharan region – politically very stable with a democratic government, excellent legal security and administration. But that’s not all: the country has 30 million inhabitants, but currently imports almost exclusively only used cars. Strategically, it is located in Western Africa with access to the ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) free trade zone, which comprises 15 countries and 350 million inhabitants. For all these reasons, we believe that Ghana will play a key role in the development of the car industry in sub-Saharan Africa.
"The next years will be exciting!"
Volkswagen is starting a pilot project with electric vehicles in Rwanda and will start small series production in Ghana. Thomas Schäfer, Head of Sub-Saharan Africa and Volkswagen South Africa, talks about the potential of the African continent.