WestPark lays the infrastructure backbone

The WestPark is building a platform to raise the standards for businesses to manufacture in West Africa. As the first industrial park on the Continent wholly powered by renewable energy, the WestPark is build for sustainable business.  The industrial ecosystem  offers redundancies in power and water supply and a dedicated fiber optic broadband to stay connected to global supply and distribution chains.

The WestPark offers custom-built warehouses, factories, offices, and retail space to its tenants in conjunction with business development services that ease the entry into one of the world’s fastest-growing markets.

Automotive Executive and Author Edward Hightower visits WestPark in Ghana

Edward Hightower, Managing Director of Motoring Ventures LLC, longtime Executive Director at General Motors and author of Motoring Africa, visited the WestPark in Ghana‘s Western Region this week. Edward toured the construction site with BlackIvy Director Alex Canfor-Dumas and Community Liaison Anthony Kwegya and saw firsthand the progress at the Bosch House, scheduled to be handed over to the German technology leader this year.

Edward highlighted that “it’s impressive to see the vision of WestPark come to life. The team built this industrial park with the automotive industry in mind, paying close attention to supply chain integration and fostering a competitive operating environment to attract automotive assembly and parts suppliers to this emerging cluster”.

Edward has deep experience in building the automotive industry in emerging markets. As Executive Director, Global Emerging Market Industrialization at General Motors, he was responsible for the $5 billion investment in low-cost vehicles for emerging growth markets, including China, India, Southeast Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Previously, he led GM’s $15 billion global crossover utility vehicle business as the Executive Chief Engineer.

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Benefits of expanding production in the Western Region

With competitive costs of production, proximity to abundant natural resources and a strategic location, the Western Region offers compelling benefits for companies seeking to expand their processing and manufacturing operations.

The region is rich in gold, bauxite, manganese, cocoa, citrus fruits, shea nuts, coconut, oil palm and fisheries.  It is home to Ghana’s growing oil & gas sector, the largest concentration of thermal power generation, expanding natural gas supply and Ghana’s main export port. The Takoradi port grew 33% last year to 8 million tons.

For businesses looking to enter this fast-growing region, the WestPark is building modern factories, warehouses, offices, residential and retail spaces and offers hands-on business development support. The WestPark is building a platform to raise the standards for businesses to operate, manufacture and distribute goods in West Africa.

With a large nearby workforce, new urban transport systems, lower corporate taxes for manufacturers, reduced electricity rates, abundant fresh water supply and strong links to regional markets, tenants at the WestPark Free Zone can lower costs and expand production.