Mahama Will Lift the Import Prohibition on Used Cars. John Mahama, the leader of the National Democratic Congress, the biggest opposition party in 2024, has pledged to lift the prohibition on the importation of used cars.
He claims that the majority of Ghanaians cannot afford the brand-new cars that Ghanaian automakers produce, which is why finding a balance is necessary.
According to him, the government can start doing business with the auto industry by purchasing some of the newly assembled vehicles made in Ghana.
Foreigners own car assembly plants whose aim is to assemble car parts and sell Ghanaians brand-new automobiles. Many Ghanaians find it difficult to afford these new cars; the government should help solve this problem by buying a sizable percentage of these locally built vehicles, he stated.
“Since the government sector has a significant demand for cars, this action could increase these businesses’ profitability. The NDC intends to remove the proposed ban on the importation of used cars because it recognizes the financial difficulties that regular Ghanaians face in affording new cars, John Dramani Mahama continued.
Ghana outlawed the importation of vehicles older than ten years in an effort to entice foreign businesses, such as Nissan Motor Co. and Volkswagen AG, to establish local operations in the West African nation.
According to the parliamentary act, the new law also offers import-duty rebates to businesses that assemble or manufacture automobiles in Ghana.
Currently holding local vehicle assembly operations in Ghana are Volkswagen, Nissan, Toyota Motor Corp., Suzuki Motor Corp., and Renault SA, among other automakers.
Ghana aims to develop into a hub for the production of automobiles in West Africa, a region home to over 380 million people.