A high-powered delegation from Nissan’s headquarters in Japan has completed a working visit to Japan Motors Trading Company (JMTC) in Accra as part of an inspection tour of its operations in Africa.
The delegation, which included representatives from the Nissan Africa Regional Office (NARO) in South Africa, which oversees Nissan operations on the continent, was conducted round the company by executives of Japan Motors led by the Managing Director, Mr Salem Kalmoni, and the Director, Sales and Marketing, Mr Imad Antoine Ghorayeb.
The Senior Vice President (SVP) of Nissan in charge of Africa, the Middle East and India (AMI), Mr Peyman Karger, led the Nissan team.
The members of the delegation also visited the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority in Tema to familiarise themselves with the activities of automobile importers in the country.
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Speaking to the media during the visit, Mr Karger said Nissan was the strongest brand and leader in the automobile market in the continent and as such deemed it appropriate to make a business review with its local representative, Japan Motors, to explore the market as it strengthens its leadership.
“We are impressed with the stability and professionalism with which JMTC carries out its operations, which shows Ghana has a very big asset in the automobile industry. Going through the administration, showroom and workshop, we have observed that the company indeed has the capacity to hold high the Nissan brand which is very promising,” he said.
Mr Karger gave an assurance that Nissan would give more support to JMTC in sales and after-sales divisions to enable it maintain its leadership position in Ghana’s automobile industry.
For his part, Mr Kalmoni said the visit demonstrated how important Ghana was to the group.
“Ghana is regarded as one of the top countries in Africa in terms of sales and market share, which has informed their decision to be here and assess the market. We are happy for this visit as it will provide a platform for them to give more support,” he said.
Other members of the team were the Raf-S Chairperson, Mr Michael Peter Whitfield; RVP AMI Marketing & Sales, Mr Kalyana S. Sivagnanam; the Director Sales & Operations, Mr James Stephen Dando and the MD Sales & Marketing, Mr Xavier Sylvain Gobille.
The rest were Messrs Frederic Alain Francois Posez, James Randolph Cook Ii, RVP Admin & Finance –AMI; Technical Assistant – Hideyuki Kuwayama, SVP; GM-Planning, Vincent Valdmann and GM-Sub Sahara Africa, Elizabeth Segal.