A high-powered delegation from Nissan 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 also included representatives from Nissan Africa Regional Office (NARO) in South Africa, was ushered around the tour by top executives of Japan Motors led by the Managing Director, Mr Salem Kalmoni and the Director, Sales and Marketing Mr Imad Antoine Ghorayeb.
NARO oversees Nissan operations on the African continent.
Mr Peyman Karger, Senior Vice President (SVP) of Nissan in-charge of Africa, the Middle East and India (AMI) led the Nissan team which was also represented by Mr Michael Peter Whitfield, Raf-S Chairperson; Mr. Kalyana S. Sivagnanam, RVP AMI Marketing & Sales; Mr. James Stephen Dando, Director Sales & Operations; Mr. Xavier Sylvain Gobille, MD Sales & Marketing; Mr. Frederic Alain Francois Posez; Mr. James Randolph Cook Ii, RVP Admin & Finance – AMI; Mr. Hideyuki Kuwayama, Technical Assistant – SVP; Mr. Vincent Valdmann, GM-Planning and Elizabeth Segal, GM-Sub Sahara Africa.
Whilst in the country, the JMTC officials conducted the delegation round the Ghana Ports and Harbours in Tema to get a first-hand experience about the activities on importing automobiles into the country.
The delegation also visited the company’s bonded warehouse at Tema, where imported Nissan products are kept.
The team also visited some historical places in the country like the Black Star Square.
Speaking to the media on the visit, Mr Peyman Karger said Nissan was the strongest brand and the leader in the automobile market in the country and the entire continent, and as such deemed it appropriate to make a business review with its local representative Japan Motors.
“We are impressed by the stability and professionalism with which JMTC carries out its operation, which shows Ghana has a very big asset in the automobile industry. Going through the administration, showroom and workshop we have observed the company indeed has the capacity to hold high the Nissan brand which is very promising going forward," he said.
On behalf of Nissan, Mr Karger promised to give more support to JMTC in terms of sales and after-sales in a bid to maintain its leadership position in Ghana’s automobile industry.
Managing Director of JMTC, Mr Salem Kalmoni said the visit by the high hierarchy of Nissan Motor Ltd shows how much Ghana is important to the Group as it expands its frontiers in the sub-region and maintains its number one position in the market.
“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 access the market. We are happy for this visit as it will provide a platform for them to give more support” he said.