Change of Leadership at the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM)

At the recent AGM of AAAM Mike Whitfield, Chairman of Nissan Africa South and the current AAAM Vice President was elected as President and Andrew Kirby, President and CEO of Toyota South Africa was elected as Vice President.

Thomas Schaefer, Chairman and Managing Director of Volkswagen Group South Africa who was President for the last three years, is passionate about Africa and developing a viable automotive industry. He addressed numerous global forums and conferences, whilst representing AAAM, including the African Union, about the potential of Africa for the automotive industry which starts with the necessary political will and is followed by the implementation of effective ecosystems and legislative policies.

Thomas was instrumental in driving the Pan African Auto Pact which focuses on the establishment of an African Automotive Development plan. Through a phased in development, a pan African automotive sector will be established around assembly nodes in the South, West, East and North of Africa with a spread of value adding activities in neighbouring economies based on their comparative advantages. The Pan African Auto Pact aims to systematically grow new vehicle demand and value addition in the African economies, through substantially expanding vehicle assembly, automotive component production and value chain services on the continent.

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