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TGLEU urges Ghanaian govt to address textile sector issues
Mar '13
Prior to mulling over reviving the non-operational textile factories, the Government should first try to address the issues that Ghanaian textile industry is facing, the Textile, Garment and Leather Employees Union (TGLEU) has suggested.
TGLEU General Secretary, Ibraham Koomson, said if the Government chooses to revive some of the non-operational textile factories before addressing the issues that led to closure of these industries, it would be utter waste of taxpayer’s money.
Speaking at a meeting of textile and garment industry stakeholders in Accra, Mr. Koomson said pirating of Ghanaian designs and imports of low-cost textiles from China are the main issues impeding the growth of Ghanaian textile industry.
He urged the Government to implement its laws related to textile imports, especially the one ordaining that the Takoradi Port should be the only point of access for importing textiles into the country.
He said the textile industry in Ghana employed over 25,000 workers during the 1970s, but today it hardly has jobs for around 3,000 people.
President of Spinnet Textile and Garment Cluster, Ms. Edwina Assan, said her organization is in favour of fixing various standards for the domestic textile and garment industry.
She urged the Government to enable the state agencies engaged in protecting the textile industry to achieve their goals by making efforts to cut imports of low-cost sub-standard textiles from other countries.
Ms. Assan said in the absence of standardization, Ghanaian textile and garment industry is falling prey to unfair competition from low-cost imports.

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