V2_ in the news – in Ghana

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V2_ in the news – in Ghana

The Turtle 1 exhibition at V2_ was mentioned on news sites in Ghana after the expert meeting and the Museum Night presentation.

The widely read Ghanian news site Ghanaweb reported on the expert meeting and the Museum Night presentation of the SMATI Turtle 1 at V2_: http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/artikel.php?ID=302997 & http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/artikel.php?ID=303161

Here's the full text of both articles. (Actually, the comments are quite interesting as well).

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A special ceremony was organized in Holland by a leading media institution, the V2 media-institute to unveil the second-phase of the development of Ghana’s Model Vehicle, SMATI Turtle as the first Bi-Cultural Vehicular Model in the World. Latest reports indicates the SMATI Turtle has made a stunning record in Germany as the most watched automobile prototype on German TV with an estimated audience of over 2-million.

The event in Rotterdam brought the entire business community and captains of the automobile industry in the Netherlands to unveil the second-phase of the Ghana’s model car project: The SMATI Turtle as an evolving Dutch-Ghana Model Car. The event was witnessed by over 1000 audience in the Netherland as part of a historic festival in Holland.

The Consultant to SMIDO, Nyaaba-Aweeba Azongo was the Special Guest at the ceremony which took place in Rotterdam. The second phase of the project is intended to mobilize the best of Dutch and Ghanaian Expertise and Investment partnerships to build a global vehicular brand that mirrors the cultures of Dutch and Ghana as the first bi-cultural vehicular model in the world.

According to Azongo, the adopted D-G (Dutch-Ghana) series of SMATI Turtle Brand would promote a new culture of Euro-African cooperation in technological advancement that would become a major policy to promote global partnership under the Regional Investment Gateway project to Transform Suame Magazine into a globally-competitive industrial hub in Africa.

Nyaaba-Aweeba Azongo and the Dutch SMATI TURTLE team displaying the Regional Investment Gateway strategy document to Dutch audience. According to Joost Van Onna and Melle Smets, the Dutch counterparts to the project, the SMATI Turtle prototype has already made history in terms of whipping European interest beyond Holland. He said, the SMATI Turtle is on record to have been the most watched automobile prototype on German TV with an estimated audience of over 2-million. He said the principal interest is to promote Euro-African partnership in technological advancement and to advance a strong diplomatic relations between the Netherlands and Ghana as well as promote Ghana as an emerging industrial giant of Africa to drive global industrial investment attention to Ghana. The commencement of the second-phase which is likely to be in the last quarter of 2014 would see the SMATI Turtle shipped back to Ghana. Mr. Azongo said, the ceremony in Rotterdam would be replicated in Ghana for a media interface at the International press centre to showcase not only the vehicle to the media, but evidence of the emerging European interest in the initiative which is currently projecting Ghana as a potential technological hub in Africa. The car would be driven through the streets of Accra and finally leave for Kumasi for the commencement of the second phase of the project. The platform was also used to present the Regional Investment Gateway Strategy blueprint launched in Kumasi last year to promote Suame Magazine as the investment Gateway to Ashanti ,Ghana and the West African sub-region through investments cooperation between enterprises in Suame magazine and advanced industry players. One of the principal objectives of the R.I.G project is to promote Suame Magazine and the Artisanal Engineering industry as the main Local-Content Pipeline to the Mining-Oil and Gas Industry to ensure equity in-terms of the spread of economic benefits of the mining-oil-gas industry.


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SMATI Turtle, an automobile developed jointly by Ghana and the Netherlands, is reported to be making waves and attracting huge interest across Europe.

Television viewers in excess of two million in Germany are estimated to have already watched the prototype vehicle.

This was contained in a press release mailed to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Kumasi by Mr Nyaaba-Aweeba Azongo, Consultant to the Suame Industrial Development Organization (SMIDO), promoters of the project.

The disclosure comes on the heels of a special ceremony held in Rotterdam, Netherlands to unveil phase-two of the development of the model vehicle - the first bi-cultural vehicular model in the world.

The event was organized by “V2” Media Institute, a leading Dutch media institution, and brought together the business community and captains of the automobile industry.

Mr Azongo, who was the Special Guest, said the goal was to mobilize the best of Dutch and Ghanaian expertise and investment partnerships to build a global vehicular brand that mirrored the cultures of the two countries.

It would promote a new culture of Euro-African cooperation in technological advancement under the Regional Investment Gateway Project (RIGP) to transform Suame Magazine into a globally-competitive industrial hub in Africa.

Mr Azongo said the work on the second-phase was likely to start in the last quarter of this year after the SMATI Turtle was shipped back into the country.

He said the ceremony in Rotterdam would be replicated in Ghana for a media interface at the International Press Centre, to showcase not only the vehicle to the media, but also provide evidence of the emerging European interest in the initiative.

The car would be driven through the streets of Accra and finally leave for Kumasi.

The platform would additionally be used to present the RIGP’s strategy blueprint launched in Kumasi last year to promote Suame Magazine as the investment gateway to Ashanti, Ghana and the West African sub-region, through investment cooperation between enterprises in Suame magazine and advanced industry players in Europe.

Messrs Joost Van Onna and Melle Smets, the Dutch counterparts on the SMATI Turtle project, said the prototype had made history in terms of whipping up European interest.

They underlined the enormous potential to project Ghana as an emerging industrial giant of Africa and draw global industrial investment.


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