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05.03.2013 Business & Finance

Stakeholders in garment industry advocates "everyday wear programme"

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Accra, March 4, GNA - Stakeholders in the textile and garment industry have appealed   to the Ministry of Trade and Industry to institutionalise the 'Everyday Wear' programme, to enforce the patronage of 'Made in Ghana' apparel to improve the market.

They said the programme would be successful if it was enforced at the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies levels while the Ministry also facilitates access to equipped industrial estates that could be used by members in the industry to enhance productivity.

These suggestions were made at a workshop organised by Spinnet Textile and Garment Cluster workshop for the stakeholders.

The forum formed part of the advocacy action of Spinnet Textile and Garment Cluster to create the platform for other actors in the industry to dialogue on how to improve upon standards in the industry.

Madam Edwina Assan, President of the company, appealed to the Trade Ministry to provide incentive packages for companies that produced quality goods locally.

She expressed disappointment that supplies of accessories for the garment industry, such as dyes, chemicals and fabrics that are imported are of low quality.

She advocated the establishment of common service centre where some specialised equipment could be acquired by one company and installed for small medium enterprises in the sector to access.

Madam Assan also suggested the establishment of revolving funds at very low rate of interest for the sector to use in growing businesses while the ministry also supports the industry to identify targeted niche markets for exports.


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