Today we had the first official stakeholders meeting: The Turtle team was hosted by the pension fund UTP in their Accra office. Together with SMIDO members, the board of UTP and Aardschap we shared the first idea’s of the future of the Turtle.
UTP Is the main partner of SMIDO in executing the pension fund for their members. UTP took up the task to create a pension fund for the informal sector. Therefore they set up shop in Suame Magazine to get the people on board.
We are very delighted to work with the UTP team to draft the outlines for the future plan of the Turtle. The coming two weeks we will work hard to get new stakeholders on board.
This morning the Turtle was picked up in Rotterdam to travel back to Ghana. With the support of Francois de Koff from Trafic we managed to belay the car into a fruit container of Compagnie de Fruitiere. We will follow the Turtle in April to bring her home!
The shipment of the Turtle from the Netherlands to Ghana is a complex puzzle; the Turtle is not a car in a legal sense or practical sense. The vehicle is not approved by the Ghanaian government, nor the Dutch government, to be driven on the road. So how to define a car to the customs, which is not a car and built from scrap car parts from all over the world?
To return the Turtle back home we got the help of the Burger Group and the Supermaritime group. Through the expertise of both companies this task can be accomplished, something we could never have achieved alone. The Turtle is now officially an artwork traveling to Ghana for exhibition purposes. The Compagnie Fruitiere group is sponsoring the boat fare from Antwerp to Tema.
After two years traveling through Europe, The Turtle goes back to Ghana. The Turtle comes at the right time, because SMIDO has assured to Set up a new land for the car industry.
Due to the financial support of our sponsor Xelvin BV it has become possible that The Turtle is shipped back to Ghana, this coming April. The Turtle will drive from the harbor Tema to Suame Magazine in Kumasi and wil be exhibited to the Ghanaian public for two weeks.
This picture shows the inauguration of the new land in the presence of SMIDO, civil servants and the Chief. This is great news and we hope that The Turtle project can help to stimulate new initiatives developed by SMIDO.