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'We will continue drive to seize fake textiles' – Anti-piracy task force
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Aug '11
The Joint Anti Piracy Task Force and domestic textile producers critical of counterfeit textile prints have resolved to carry on their drive of seizing pirated wax prints from different Ghanaian markets, which they look upon this as a means to check the wrongful practice of importing fake textiles and infringing designs of local producers.

The task force as well as the textile producers have also showed their readiness to make sure that all involved in such despicable practices are held accountable and all the confiscated pirated goods are destroyed publically.

The pirated wax prints which the task force officials say are illegally imported, mainly from China, were made using some 28 chemicals which have been prohibited for use in textile production across the world as these chemicals are likely to cause skin cancer or other skin disorders.

Mr Abraham Koomson, General Secretary of Textiles, Garment and Leather Employees Union (TEGLEU) said that as some local people help smugglers of such pirated goods to ship in these goods, they not only dent the trustworthiness of the domestic producers but also work towards further deterioration of the already ailing textile industry of the country.

At the Makola 31st December Market, the textile traders ran after the Anti Piracy Local Textile Designers Task Force members and made them flee, when the task force came to confiscate counterfeit textile prints.

Following several pleas from the union and domestic producers seeking government intervention in curtailing the rising menace of counterfeiting textile prints originally owned by the domestic producers, the Ministry of Trade and Industry constituted the task force in 2010.

Owing to large scale redundancy caused in the sector due to immoral practices, Ghana is believed to have lost revenues worth around GH¢30 billion, with the textile sector accounting for a major pie.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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