By Edmund Mingle
Toshiba Corporation, the multinational electronics firm is planning to make Ghana its regional hub to serve West Africa and other parts of Africa.
The company believes that it can best serve the sub region through Ghana which it says has a huge potential for business and investments.
To give meaning to the plan, the global firm has stationed engineers in Ghana to provide services to clients in the sub-region.
It is also in the process of establishing a unit in Ghana to undertake assembling and installation of hi-tech medical equipment in hospitals in Ghana and other West African nations.
Mohamed Haroun, Toshiba’s Area Manager for the Middle East, who is Ghana to supervise the installation of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machines in regional hospitals in the country, described the move to cite the hub in Ghana as “strategic.”
Toshiba Corporation is a multinational electronics, electrical equipment and information technology corporation headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. It is a diversified manufacturer and marketer of electrical products, spanning information & communications equipment and systems, Internet-based solutions and services, electronic components and materials, power systems, industrial and social infrastructure systems, and household appliances.
In 2010, Toshiba was the world's fifth-largest personal computer vendor measured by revenues (after Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Acer and Lenovo).
In the same year it was also the world's fourth-largest manufacturer of semiconductors by revenues (after Intel Corporation, Samsung Electronics and Texas Instruments).
As a leading manufacturer of diagnostics imaging scanning machines, Toshiba prides itself as the company to have produced the most advanced MRI machines- Toshiba Vantage Titan 1.5T MRI System-that is about four years ahead of existing technology.
According to Mr. Haroun, the development of the assembling and service hub would be economically beneficial for both the company and clients in the sub-region, since it would ensure efficient and effective services from the company.
He could not say how much is expected to be invested in the hub, but noted that the company was committed to exploring the business opportunities in Ghana through substantial investments.