Business News of 2014-05-01

Textiles taskforce on sensitization programme ahead of seizure

An Anti-textile piracy taskforce set up by Ministry of Trade and Industry is visiting the various regions across the country to update textile dealers and importers on the Ministry’s intention to seize and destroy pirated textiles.
On Tuesday, they met with textile dealers in Kintampo and Takyiman where they sensitize textile dealers and importers on the need to protect the local textile industry.
The meeting is part of government’s effort to promote made in Ghana goods and also to prevent pirated textiles from taking over the Ghanaian textile industry.
The taskforce made up of representatives from the Trade Ministry, Ghana Standards Authority, Ghana Revenue Authority, and some Local Textile Associations took the dealers through the process of how to identify original and authorized signs and logos on original indigenous other local fabrics.
They were briefed about the risks involved in dealing in pirated textiles from China and other countries.
Speaking to Citi News, the Assistant Brand Manager of Akosombo Textile Limited (ATL), and a member of the taskforce, John Akwasi Amoah stressed the need to eliminate this practice.
He advised the general public to support the work of the taskforce “to ensure we eliminate them [pirated textiles] and if we do not eliminate them totally, at least, we can reduce their business practices.”
Mr. Amoah noted that it is only through collective efforts that local textile industries will be saved from possible collapse.
From Kintampo and Takyiman, the taskforce continued to Sunyani and Berekum and other districts in the region with appealed to the media to help carry their message to the people.
Ghana over the years has been facing challenges with the influx of pirated textiles into the country.
This development is currently hurting the local textile manufacturers resulting in the low sales of their products.
This has subsequently forced some companies to lay off workers.
In a bid to save the local textile industry, government established a taskforce to rid the markets of inferior textiles and also take steps to curb the importation of such textiles into the country.
However, in December last year, the Trade Ministry suspended the activities of the taskforce.
A statement from the Ministry indicated that the decision was to enable stakeholders evaluate the operations of the taskforce so far “without compromising the desire to protect the Ghanaian Textile industry and our hardworking traders.”
While traders dealing in the pirated textiles rejoiced over the decision, the local textile industries expressed surprise and described the decision as unfortunate.
But the Ministry has reconstituted the taskforce and has mandated its members to visit the various regions in the country to sensitize textile traders and importers before it begins the seizure and destruction of fake textiles on the market.