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Nissan prepared for growing its Manufacturing Footprint in Africa: Trains 12 Ghanaians to start Nissan’s assembly plant in Ghana

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Nissan prepared for growing its Manufacturing Footprint in Africa: Trains 12 Ghanaians to start Nissan’s assembly plant in Ghana

On Thursday, 12 Ghanaian technicians will be graduating from Nissan’s plant, ready to spearhead the launch of Nissan’s assembly plant in Ghana.

For the last 12 weeks, they have been learning the finer points of how to assemble the Japanese automaker’s legendary Navara, which is currently being built in Africa at the Rosslyn plant in South Africa and expected to start rolling off the assembly lines from the end of this month and on sale across African markets in the months that follow.

The comprehensive training programme course will equip the trainees with the ability to assemble the new Nissan Navara and learn the principles of the Nissan Production Way. This is to ensure that the numerous quality control measures are enforced and allow them to help train the next generation of Ghanaian engineers to assembly these vehicles in their home country.

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“The production of a vehicle is intricate, so the training course we have been offering will not be the end of our work in supporting the Ghanaian team’s capabilities,” says Shafick Solomons, Plant Director

“It’s one of the many steps we are taking to support a sustainable relationship between South Africa and Ghana going forward. We will continue to share resources and knowledge, as well as training to make sure that the Ghanaian team is as agile and efficient as any team in the rest of the world all working towards and adhering to Nissan’s global production standard, the Nissan Production Way.”

Nissan Assembly plant in Ghana

The preparation for the Ghana Assembly plant follows Nissan’s ground-breaking Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Ghana that was signed during the initial stages of working towards the Ghana Automotive Development policy.

“This is a wonderful moment for us as a global company with incredible African roots,” says Mike Whitfield, Managing Director of Nissan. “We set out to build a vehicle in Africa for Africa by Africans with the Navara, which we are about to achieve from our Nissan South African plant.

“Now we are laying the groundwork to do just that in Ghana, as we help the people and government of Ghana begin to realise their dream of creating a Sustainable Automotive Industry in their country.

“We have always said that we wanted to work with countries on the continent who want to partner with us in this regard. We were the first movers in Nigeria and we are looking at other countries in Africa where there is similar potential, which is both exciting and timely as we emerge from the economic ravages of the COVID 19 pandemic.”

Nissan Assembly plant in Ghana

The Navara production facility is in Accra, the capital of Ghana, and will be 100% Ghanaian operated by the Japan Motors Trading Company (JMTC), which invested US $3 million into its construction, following Ghana’s drafting of its automotive development policy to encourage investment in the sector.

“Nissan and Japan Motors support the Ghana Automotive Development Policy, which is why we want to do our part in creating jobs and stimulating African economies. We both want to create a new future for the sector, and change the lives of the people who build, test, and drive these vehicles,” says Salem Kalmoni, Managing Director Japan Motors.

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Gov’t secures $50 million for the construction of a new International Terminal for Tamale Airport

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Gov’t secures $50 million for the construction of a new International Terminal for Tamale Airport

The new International Terminal for Tamale Airport, the Bekwai Hospital project, and the Kumasi Central Market are all set to receive funding to either undergo a major expansion, construction or facilitate the installation of essential equipment as part of the UK government’s partnership agreements with the Government of Ghana.

The Government of the United Kingdom has pledged funds to undertake three major infrastructure projects in Ghana this year.

The UK’s Minister for Africa, Hon Harriet Baldwin, announced the funding support on Tuesday, 26 February 2019 at the end of the second UK-Ghana Business Council (UKGBC) Meetings held in London, UK.

The meetings, co-chaired by Mrs. Baldwin and the Vice President of the Republic, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, brought together Ministers and other government officials from both countries as well as captains of industry to deliberate on ways to deepen business and other ties between the two countries.

“We will be backing the modernization of Kumasi Central Market with a total of 80 million Euros in support of this major trading centre. It’s visited by over 800,000 people every day and it will see upgrades of its electrical networks, its water supplies, it’s generators, its fire detection systems and it’s public transport,” Mrs. Baldwin announced.

“Second, we will be backing the expansion of Tamale Airport which will include the construction of a modern, new International terminal building. It’s a $56 million US loan which will enable the airport’s expansion to improve tourist access and promote economic growth as well as benefiting Hajj pilgrims with a new multi-purpose facility.

“And the third project we’re backing is in completing Bekwai hospital. Led by the Eurofinsa Group and insurance firm Ellipse UK, UKEF (UK Export Finance)’s guarantee of a 20 million euro loan will support every aspect of the hospital’s construction which will include 120 new beds, an Emergency Department, a Maternity Ward and an Operating Theatre,” she disclosed.

The announcements, Mrs. Baldwin said, was “just a flavour of some of the amazing announcements that have come through as a result of this UK-Ghana Business Council meeting”, adding, “it’s something we’re committed to doing with a 6 months frequency in terms of taking this agenda forward.”

The overarching goal of the UKGBC is to match as closely as possible Ghana’s needs with UK expertise, financing and private sector support. The London meetings explored new strategies and opportunities to enhance trade and investment between the two countries.

The UK-Ghana Business Council will next meet at Accra in October this year.

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MTN introduces new set of phone numbers

The telecommunication giant, MTN has announced the addition of new set of numbers to their telephony modules after it received new blocks of numbers from the National

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MTN introduces new set of phone numbers

Telecommunication giant, MTN has announced the addition of new set of numbers to their telephony modules after it received new blocks of numbers from the National Communications Authority (NCA).

The new block of numbers have network codes including; 059-7, 059-8, 059-9, 025-6 and 025-7. These new network codes come to add to the existing codes of 024, 054, 055 and 059.

Commenting on the addition of the new codes and block of numbers, the Chief Corporate Services Officer of MTN Ghana, Sam Koranteng said the addition will help meet the needs of customers who require numbers for their personal use, businesses, mobile money business as well as other digital devices.

The new number block according to him will also help MTN Ghana in optimizing its services with high quality Data, Voice and Mobile Money services.

“We are excited about these new blocks of numbers because it will facilitate the fulfilment of our belief that everybody deserves the benefit of a modern connected life which starts with gaining access to a SIM card that connects you to the network”. Sam Koranteng urged customers acquiring these new numbers to ensure that they register their sims using valid documents as required by law,” he said.

Abubakar Mohammed, the Acting Chief Sales and Distribution Officer of MTN indicated that the new numbers are available at all MTN Service Centers and Connect Shops across the country.

“Customers will enjoy the opportunity of Dynamic Numbering Service where the system generates a list of random numbers for the customer to choose their preferred number.”

The public is advised and reminded to take note of the addition of the new network codes to the list of MTN codes and to accept them for their activities.

The format for making calls with these block of numbers remains the same. To make calls or send SMS customers are required to add relevant prefix to the number being dialed e.g. 025 and the customer’s unique number (0257000000).

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MTN customers can now browse for free with Opera Mini and Opera News

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MTN customers can now browse for free with Opera Mini and Opera News

MTN Ghana and Opera, one of the world’s leader browser developers have partnered to give Opera Mini and Opera News users on the MTN network up to 20 MB of free browsing every day.

Through this innovative partnership, MTN Ghana and Opera are joining forces to keep millions of Ghanaians online so that they can read news for free, access their favorite websites without data cost limitations and most importantly, keep them connected with families and friends during this period of COVID-19.

MTN subscribers can now browse on the Opera Mini and Opera News channels for free with a daily cap of 20mb. Users who exceed their daily cap of 20mb will continue to browse from their existing data allocation. Free daily data covers browsing only, while normal data costs will apply to video streaming and file downloads.

How to use:

To enjoy the benefits of the free browsing package, customers will only need to update or download Opera Mini and Opera News apps from the Play Store.

Terms and Conditions:

  • Customer will enjoy free browsing up to a daily limit of 20mb
  • Upgrade / update your Opera Mini and Opera News browsers or download apps from the Play Store.
  • The free daily data covers browsing only while video streaming and file download will attract normal data charges.

Opera News is the most popular news app in Africa and was the most downloaded news app in Ghana in May 2020 according to AppAnnie. The Opera News app provides users with an AI based personalized content stream that serves top news, trendy videos and other daily content from more than forty different categories.

Opera Mini is a small but powerful browser offering unique features that no other browser available in digital app stores can offer. The browser is equipped with data saving, offline file sharing, a smarter download manager, and a native ad-blocker. Today, Opera Mini is the browser of choice for over a hundred million people around the world who choose it over pre-installed browsers on Android mobile devices.

To enjoy the benefits of the free browsing package, MTN customers will have to upgrade their Opera Mini browser, or download Opera News app from the Google Play Store. The free daily data covers browsing only while video streaming and file download will attract normal data charges.

Commenting on the benefits of the offer, Mr. Samuel Addo, General Manager for MTN Business in Ghana said, “The partnership with Opera comes at a time when MTN is creating opportunities for customers to have free access to educational sites.  We are very happy that the free browsing on Opera Mini and Opera News comes to complement what is already being done.”

In his remarks, the EVP of Mobile Browsers at Opera Jørgen Arnesen said, “Together with MTN want to give millions of customers  on the MTN network a free browsing experience every day”

MTN’s partnership with Opera is one of many interventions put in place by the business to support customers in these trying time.  Some of the interventions include the provision of free Internet connectivity to over 100 educational sites for private and public schools students across the country

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