Leading global supplier of technology and service, Bosch has told Citi Business News Ghana is one of the few African countries in West Africa it is considering to build a manufacturing hub in.
The company is currently embarking on feasibility studies to select a country in West Africa to build a manufacturing plant.
The country however to be selected finally must have regular power supply, conducive business environment, government support for the industry among others.
Speaking to Citi Business News at a Bosch dealer and end user event, Regional Sales Director for West and Central Africa, Benjy Ofori said the feasibility studies has commenced.
“In terms of investment we actually have embarked on feasibility studies within West Africa to identify a country where we can set up a production hub, critical for production is electricity, support from government and Ghana is of course one of the focus country, we have already started the feasibility studies.
He added, “Originally the target was December 2017 but based on some legal requirement within certain country’s we have selected, we have to push it to the second quarter to 2018. By June 2018 we should be clear and certain on which country we will be putting the factory in.”
Mr. Ofori however disclosed that the importation of fake tools bearing the company’s logo into the country is having a dire effect on its operations
“The prime thing for us is the importation of fake tools into the country and to be able to address this problem we have to take the first step of being present, once you are present then you can collaborate effectively with the various statutory authorities to ensure that you cramp down on such bad deeds,”
“However as much as a challenge, it is also an opportunity because people only bring in fake goods in your name when they believe in your name,” he observed.
By: Philip Nii Lartey/citibusinessnews.com/Ghana