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Ghanaian govt vows full support to domestic textile firms
Mar '13
The Government of Ghana has vouched its full support to aid sustenance of domestic textile producing firms.
The Government intends to take extensive steps to save the textile industry from invasion of pirated goods, which is taking a toll on the local businesses, Minister of Trade and Industry (MOTI) Mr. Haruna Iddrisu said while speaking to media after his visit to Tema-based Ghana Textile Printing Company Limited.
The Government has already initiated steps to allow enhanced access to utilities to the businesses, to help them survive, the Minister said.
He said from June 1, 2013 onwards, textile imports would be allowed only through the Kotoka International Airport, Takoradi Port and Tema Port and all textiles imported through any other points would be confiscated. 
This would lead to enhanced tax collection as illegal import and under-invoicing would be curbed to a large extent, Mr. Iddrisu said.
The Government also intends to soon reconstitute the task force formed to tackle invasion of pirated textiles in the country. Upon reconstitution, textile producers would be able to get their piracy related issues resolved expeditiously, he added.
The Minister said MOTI would work jointly with the Ghana Revenue Authority and the Ministry of Finance to avoid any lapses in checking inflow of pirated goods, so as to ensure higher revenue generation for the Government.
Mr. Iddrisu said MOTI has already forwarded the Intellectual Property Bill for the Government’s consideration. The bill aims to protect designs prepared by creative artists for textile producers.

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