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Ghana appeals for eliminating pirated fabrics
Jul '11
Ghana's Ministry of Trade and Industry (MOTI) has appealed for public support in eliminating cheap foreign fabrics with pirated Ghanaian designs from the country.

The appeal was made by Ben Piasah, Director for Domestic Trade and Distribution, during the launch of this year's 'Everyday Wear' concept, a Government initiative which seeks to promote extensive use of local fabric designs.

Everyday Wear also aims to popularize the patronage of Ghanaian textiles as a part of the Government's efforts to revive the country's dying textile industry.

Mr. Piasah said that MOTI Taskforce on pirated fabrics has been authorized to burn every piece of pirated fabric seized by it. The Taskforce would see to it that not even a single piece of the seized fabric goes to charity or is sold, he added.

“The activity of the Taskforce against pirated fabrics would continue until it becomes no longer attractive for people to engage in trading pirated fabrics,” he stated.

Such a drastic action of constituting a taskforce with authority to seize and burn pirated fabrics was necessitated to save Ghana's textile sector from becoming a thing of the past, he further said and cited the fact that only 3,000 people are now employed in the country's textile industries compared to about 25,000 in the 1970s.

He added that the prices and quality of local Ghanaian textiles cannot be matched by the pirated ones.

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