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Ghanaian professor urges Govt to boost textile sector
Jun '12
The Ghanaian government has been urged to provide tax breaks, incentives and implement good polices to boost the prospects of the local textile industry.

Mr. Akrofi, Textiles Department Head at Takoradi Polytechnic said the domestic textile industry lacks the expertise to produce quality textile products, so there was a need to undertake research to bring the sector up to current standards.

Revealing statistics of students graduating from the Textile Department, he informed, “90 percent of students had diverted to other industrial sectors, while on 10 percent stayed on in the textile industry.”

“This is because of the decline of the textile sector in the country and also due to challenges in accessing capital for starting their own business”, he added.

The biggest challenge to local textile enterprises has come from the unrestricted imports of cheap textiles and a few bad policy decisions of the government, he said.

Mr. Akrofi was addressing students at the annual Textile Students Association and Department of Textiles Week Celebration of the Takoradi Polytechnic.

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