Take Advantage Of Brexit – Owusu Ankomah To Ghanaians In The UK
Ghana's Higher Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK), Papa Owusu-Ankomah, has urged Ghanaian garment and textile manufacturers to take advantage of the numerous opportunities that exist in the UK and European markets following the UK's exit from the European Union (EU).
According to the High Commissioner, “Brexit has opened up new markets and it is my hope that you use the opportunity to manufacture more in order to create wealth and generate employment in Ghana.”
He made such revelations at an event hosted by the Ghana High Commission to introduce Ghanaian garment manufacturers to potential buyers in the UK and Europe. It was organized by Ethical Apparel Africa, a UK based garment sourcing and development organization in collaboration with Ghana's Ministry of Trade and Industry through their UK office and supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).
Papa Owusu-Ankomah also advised Ghanaian manufacturers to find out expectations of the market so as to live up to them.
Patrick Nimo, Chief Director, Ghana's Ministry of Trade and Industry, in a remark, urged participants to make the most of Ghana's position as the headquarters of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area and use Ghana as a base to access the larger African market.
Keren Pybus, founder and CEO of Apparel Africa disclosed that she chose Ghana as her base because of the stable political and economic environment, as well as the youthful and hardworking industrial population.
She therefore called on the major international brands in the UK and Europe to consider Ghana as their manufacturing base.
Others present at the event included Kofi Addo, Head of Strategic Anchor, Industries and Special Initiatives at the Ministry of Trade; Paakow Bartels, head of Trade and Investment at the Ghana High Commission; Dodzie Numekevor, Head of Public Affairs and Information; Peter McAllister of the Ethical Trading Initiative and Naana Frempong Arhin from the DFID.
Some exhibitors at the event included Adjo Asare of Alfie Designs, Linda Ampah of KAD Designs and Maa Grace Designs.