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    PATRONS OF textiles in Ghana have been advised to be careful with the type of fabric they choose since some of them contain harmful chemicals.

    At a forum to sensitize traders on the various designs of pirated Ghanaian textile products in Accra recently, Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije, the Mayor of Accra, who gave the warning, said many people have lost their jobs as a result of the influx of pirated textiles in the country, stressing that the situation had contributed to the collapse of many local textile companies.

    Dr. Vanderpuije warned traders to desist from selling or displaying pirated Ghanaian textiles on the market.

    According to him, the coping of designs of companies and individuals in the country should be condemned by all.

    He therefore urged the members of the general public to report importers and distributors of these textiles to the AMA or the Ministry of Trade & Industry for handsome rewards.

    Noting that government had followed the issue with keen interest, he said his outfit appreciated the role being played by domestic textile manufacturers, adding that the AMA would not allow a few people to get enrich themselves at the expense of the majority of people.

    “If we do not intervene, our textile industry will continuously be affected and employment in Ghana would suffer.”

    Dr Vanderpuije further stated that the textile industry, which employed over 30,000 workers and engaged more than 50,000 distributors and traders in the 1970s, was employing only 3,000 workers due to the influx of these textiles.

    According to him, some traders boldly display pirated local and imported textiles in Ghana.

    “If no action is taken to curb these activities, it could discourage business people from investing in Ghana,” he mentioned.

    Dr Vanderpuije cautioned dealers of counterfeit goods such as electrical cables and gadgets and other items to stop the practice before the law catches up with them.

    He added that no government under the World Trade Organization (WTO) agreement was allowed to deal in pirated goods.

    The AMA Boss lamented that the development was affecting the cotton industry.

    He said government was doing everything possible to support cotton farmers to produce enough raw materials to feed local companies to promote competition in the textile industry.

    The forum was attended by textile manufactures, importers, distributors and members of Textile Garment and Leather Employees' Union.

    By Stella Danso Addai

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    Where are these textiles coming from,who are the culprits responsible for the influx ?

    He said government was doing everything possible to support cotton farmers to produce enough raw materials to feed local companies to promote competition in the textile industry.
    The government is doing what to do what ? please spare the Ghanaian populace the misery of having to listen to this crap. This problem didn't just appear out of the blue.
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