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BREAKING: Togbe Afede resigns as NIB board chair



Togbe Afede was appointed as board chair of the NIB in 2017 by President Akufo-Addo

The Board Chairman of the National Investment Bank (NIB) has resigned, Starr Business has gathered.

Togbe Afede’s resignation was as a result of internal wrangling at the state-owned bank, sources with knowledge of the development told Starr Business.

He resigned last week, according to the sources after opposing moves by some elements in the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) to take over NIB through the Ghana Amalgamated Trust.

The NIB board, according to Starr Business sources is being forced to sign some transactions that are not in the best interest of the state-owned bank.

Other members of the board have also resigned.

NIB is part of some five banks benefiting from GH¢2billion support from the Ghana Amalgamated Trust which are solvent and well-run indigenous banks, which were otherwise having difficulties meeting the new minimum capital requirement of GH¢400 million.

Togbe Afede was appointed as board chair of the NIB in 2017 by President Akufo-Addo



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Ghana is being heralded as the next big tourist destination. Here’s why



(CNN) — When some of the most well-known faces from the African diaspora arrived for a recent vacation in Accra, Ghana, it looked like just another gathering of famous people. 
Actors including Idris Elba rubbed shoulders with supermodel Naomi Campbell, TV sports presenter Mike Hill, and author Luvvie Ajayi. 
Behind this meet-up of box office stars, fashion royalty and top creatives is a focused and ambitious strategy to make Ghana a major tourist destination. 
The country recently unveiled a 15-year-long tourism plan that seeks to increase the annual number of tourists to Ghana from one million to eight million per year by 2027. 
Ghana’s travel industry is projected to raise $8.3 billion a year by 2027, plus associated benefits, according to the plan. 

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VIP guests attended events chaired by Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo, the architect of the plan to boost tourism and diversify the country’s economy through reaching out to its diaspora, while guests took part in conferences, festivities and trips across the country to discover its unique and sobering heritage.

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Ghana ready for VW operations – Fitch



Ghana and two other sub-African countries have the required infrastructure and consumer base, albeit small, to support Volkswagen’s planned operations in the sub-region, rating agency, Fitch says in a report.

According to the report, “Our telecoms team believes that VW’s target markets, namely Ghana, Ethiopia and Rwanda, are developing quickly and the fast pace of growth in the 3G and 4G subscribers means that the urban population will be well placed to utilize app-based ridesharing and ride-hailing, such as that proposed by VW. VW last year announced its readiness to start an automobile factory in Ghana.

Furthermore, it emphasized that “our Consumer team believes that mobility concepts can serve as an introduction to car brands that consumers will be able to afford as their disposable incomes rise, while in the meantime providing consumers with an alternative method of personal transportation.

VW is, therefore, providing the blueprint for carmakers to test the waters in emerging markets (EMs) in the future, which gives automotive brands some exposure and reduces the risks of operating in EMs.

In analysing a niche market for mobility concepts, the report said “We believe that there is a niche market for “Mobility Concepts”, such as app-based ride sharing or shuttle-on-demand services, in the Sub-Sahara Africa (SSA)region, as there is a gap in the market between consumers who are not yet able to afford a vehicle but do not want to use public transport, such as buses and minibus taxis.”

Additionally, it noted that the Mobility Concepts target market will benefit from professional tourists, who travel for business purposes and are unlikely to utilise traditional public transport. This niche market has remained relatively untapped due to the significant cost of vehicles n SSA countries, especially in countries such as Rwanda, Ethiopia Uganda and Ghana, which makes these markets unattractive for ride-sharing operators, such as Uber.

Vehicle ownership very low

The report pointed out that passenger vehicles, both used and new, remain too expensive for the vast majority of consumers in SSA to afford, as countries in the SSA region have high barriers of ownership in the form of high import taxes and low-income levels.

This is reflected in the SSA region’s performance on Autos Sales Risk/Reward Index (RRI), which ranks the attractiveness of automotive sales markets based on several criteria.

Under the ‘vehicle ownership, per 1,000 people’ category, the SSA region only manages an average score of 17.7 out of a possible 100, significantly underperforming the global average of 50.0, which highlights how significant the barriers are for vehicle ownership in the region.

This further demonstrates the potential for ride sharing and app-based ride-hailing services in the region, especially as there is a growing upper middle income bracket, which falls within the mobility concept target market of consumers who cannot afford to own vehicles but do not want to use traditional public transport.

Higher income consumers limited but supportive

The report explained that the consumer team believes that there is a small yet growing number of higher income consumers who fit into the Mobility Concepts target market.

“We estimate that the total target market size for mobility concepts in Ghana, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda, Gabon, and Cote d’Ivoire is around 1.5 million people”, the report added.

The mobility concepts’ target market will further benefit from the growing number of business travellers who will be unlikely to utilise the public transport in the majority of SSA countries.



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