Automobile companies asked to partner Ghanaian artisans to manufacture vehicles

Mr Kofi Opoku-Manu, the Ashanti Regional Minister, has appealed to automobile assembling and sales companies in the country to partner artisans in Suame magazine, Kumasi, to manufacture vehicles.

Suame magazine, he said, has a huge potential that needed to be tapped and developed as a launching pad for modern automobile manufacturing industry in the country.

Mr Opoku-Manu made the appeal in an address read for him at the inauguration of the Suame branch of the Stanbic Bank in Kumasi on Thursday.

It is the second to be opened by the bank in the metropolis and it aims at bringing banking services closer to the artisans, spare parts dealers and other traders at the magazine and its environs.

The Minister said Suame Magazine, as the heart beat of the economy of Kumasi, constituted one of the foremost mechanical and industrial estates in the country.

Mr Opoku-Manu appealed to the management of the bank to establish effective linkages with the various business entities in the area by devising innovative and attractive packages to encourage more people to do business with the bank.

Mr Alhassan Andani, the Managing Director of Stanbic Bank, said it recognized Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) as key players in the nation’s development agenda.

He said that is why it had committed itself to designing and implementing innovative products and strategies to provide opportunities for the SMEs to access easy credit facilities to grow and expand.

Nana Yaw Daani, the Chief of Suame, appealed to the bank to live up to its social responsibility and support economic activities in the Suame community.

He asked the people to take advantage of the presence of the bank to cultivate the habit of savings.

Source: GNA

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