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AGI urges people to protect Ghanaian textile designs
Nov '13
The Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) has urged Ghanaians to protect indigenous Ghanaian textile designs and be vigilant to reduce fake textile prints from the system, Ghana News Agency reported.
Speaking at AGI’s quarterly meeting with industries in Takoradi, AGI president Nana Owusu-Afari said the indigenous textile designs are intellectual property of Ghana and they should be protected.
He said that everyone must be vigilant to reduce, if not eradicate, fake textile prints, and urged Ghanaians to be on the look out for pirated textile prints imported into the country.
Pirated or fake textile prints are an imitation of original Ghanaian textile designs and are available at lower prices.
AGI president said the illegal import of pirated Ghanaian designs into the country is gradually killing the local textile industry, and the Government has taken the right step by announcing that all imported African textile prints would now fall under “High Risk Goods” category, and their imports would now be allowed only through Kotoka International Airport, Takoradi and Tema ports.
He also thanked the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MOTI) for reconstituting a 16-member Task Force on Pirated Ghanaian Textile Designs, led by Mr. Appiah Danyina of MOTI, to curb the menace of illegal importation of pirated Ghanaian textile prints.

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