TASKFORCE ON PIRATED TEXTILE DESIGNS INAUGURATED
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Hon Alan Kyerematen has inaugurated a 17-member taskforce to help address challenges confronting the Ghanaian textile industry, especially piracy. The minister believes this is very critical, especially when the contribution of the textile industry to employment in Ghana has systematically reduced from 30,000 in 1980’s and early 1990’s to its current abysmal level of about 2000 workers.
The Minister noted that the main thrust of the committee’s work is to prevent the importation of pirated textiles into the country. He tasked them to focus particularly on patrolling the Eastern border of the country and visit suspicious warehouses based on intelligence.
Bearing in mind the excesses in the actions of previous taskforces, he was very emphatic that the team would not operate in the markets of Ghana.
The minister was very unhappy at the recent picketing at the Ministry by some individuals on the subject, especially at a time when invitations had gone out to stakeholder groups calling for nominations to serve on the committee.
The members of the Taskforce were drawn from various interest groups in the industry from both the public and private sector. It is chaired by Mr. Sumani Mahamadu of the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority.
Others include Abass Almeyaw (Ghana Police Service), Patricia Boateng and Lawrence Osei Boateng (Ministry of Trade and Industry), Major Isaac Konadu (Ministry of National Security), Lt. Col. Richard Cobba-Eshun (Ministry of Defence), Christopher Adjetey (Ghana Standards Authority), Charles Arthur Ntiri (Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industries) and Alpha Abdullah Shaban of the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA).
The rest are Samuel Hemans Addy (Akosombo Textile Limited (ATL), Jonathan Sarfo of Tex Styles Ltd (GTP), Francis Omari (Printex Ghana Ltd), Joseph Tetteh and Gladys Baining (Textile Importers and Distributors Association) Ted Asare Frimpong (Registrar General’s Department), Samuel Anum (Swiss Intellectual Property Project) and Ebenezer Asumadu from Textile Garment and Leather Employees Union (T’GLEU).
In another development, Hon Alan Kyerematen has also inaugurated a nine-member Board of the Ghana Trade Fair Company Ltd. The Board, chaired by Mr. Daniel McKorley, also has Dr. Agnes Adu, Nii Kpobi Tettey Tsuru III, Gloria Annoh-Wiafe and Tobby Amankwah as members.
The rest are Lawson Tornyi, Ruth O.Q. Addison, Hubert Sevor and Mad. Fatimatu Abubakar.
The Minister tasked them to aggressively promote made-in-Ghana goods both within and outside the country. He called on them to expose Ghanaian businesses to the goods and services that can be used to improve on their competitiveness. He advised them to look beyond the national capital and strengthen their outreach to other regions.