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Cancer may come free with pirated Ghanaian fabrics - Official
Jul '11
Buyers of pirated Ghanaian fabrics may actually be taking home skin cancer free, and also brining the domestic textile industry to near collapse, Acting Director of Communication and Public Affairs of the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MOTI), Nana Akrasi Sarpong, has said.

While speaking at the launch of the 'Every-Day Wear' campaign at Keta, he sounded caution over use of such pirated textiles. He explained that producers of such imitated fabrics at times make use of prohibited chemicals like CI Direct Blue 6, CI Acid Red 26 and CI Basic Red 9, which are all harmful and are likely to cause skin cancer.

He said that apart from the above reasons, production of pirated textiles even contravenes the World Trade Organization's (WTO) rules. So, his Ministry would confiscate and destroy these goods in accordance with the WTO rules.

The crusade launched by MOTI is aimed at promoting use of domestically made textiles over cheap exported textiles which are sold under the fake disguise of Ghanaian prints and tags.

The broader aim of the movement is to bestow Ghanaian textiles with a brand identity through revival and promotion of domestic textiles.

Mr. Sarpong clarified that in view of their perilous nature and illegitimacy, the confiscated pirated textiles would not be freely distributed among the destitute in the country as proposed by some sections of the society.

Also, he cited that their previous efforts to tackle the situation by confiscating such goods and distributing the same to needy people in the country did not help solve the issue.

He further stated that the Ministry feels that the best way to curb activities of such devious importers is to make sure that they no more have capital for carrying out such activities.

While elucidating on such pirated designs, Mr. Sarpong said that these are essentially made by copying and appropriation of designs, which are original work or intellectual property of some other firm.

Joseph Amenowode, Minister for the Volta region of Ghana, said he has directed the District and Municipal Chief Executives in the Volta region to make sure that the 'Every Day Wear' is adopted as dress code by all their staff members.

He revealed that the Government was making efforts to revitalize the Volta Star Textiles Company, which was previously known as Juapong Textiles.

He further said that domestically produced textiles are the most suitable for local climatic conditions.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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