TRALAC - Trade Law Centre

'Inability to adhere to standards is the bane of Ghanaian businesses'

Monday, 22 January 2018 Published: | Severious Kale-Dery

Source: Graphic Online

A key factor inhibiting Ghanaian businesses from accessing the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) is the lack of adherence to standards, the Director General of the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA), Prof. Alex Dodoo, has observed.

He expressed concern that ever since the introduction of AGOA in 2000, Ghana had not been able to effectively utilise the benefits from the preferential scheme which had the potential of helping Ghanaian businesses to expand.

Support

Addressing stakeholders in the textile industry in Accra last Friday, Prof. Dodoo gave an assurance that the GSA would support dressmakers and tailors to understand the reasons why measurement was critical in their job to enable them to capture a share of the global market.

“The Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) is working with the Ministry of Trade and Industry to get the textile industry to take advantage of the opportunities available to the country under the AGOA to enter the US market,” he said.

Already, Prof. Dodoo said, the Ministry of Trade and Industry has developed a strategic approach that would put businesses in Ghana in a good position to access markets in the US through the AGOA, which had been renewed for another 10 years beginning in 2015 to 2025. The renewal of the AGOA was by an Act of the United States Congress.

Capacity

The Director General also stated that “the GSA has the capacity to test fabrics to ensure they do not contain banned substances such as dyes as well as ensure that products from the textile industry here in Ghana are accepted in the US and the European markets.”

“The GSA has the competency and skills to produce dress sizes for foreign markets using Ghanaian clothes,” he assured.

Standards

The Director General underscored the need for Ghana to have “standards that are measurable to that which applies globally.”

He stated that the GSA was in the process of establishing an equipment hub to help manufacturers meet their needs.

Prof. Dodoo said machines for standard measurements in industry were expensive and as such, the authority would have one installed that would provide accurate measurement for manufacturers and also serve as a one-stop shop for all.

“As the national metrology institute, the GSA has the ability to support the textile industry to develop world-class standards capable of allowing them to sell anywhere in the world,” he said.

Advice

The Deputy Director General in charge of Conformity Assessment at the GSA, Mr Charles Amoako, advice industry players to take the issue of standards seriously to enable them to compete effectively in the market.

For his part, the Deputy Director General in charge of Operations at the GSA, Mr Kofi Nagetey, also urged textiles and garment manufacturers to provide standard measurements to enable them compete favourably on the international market. 

 

Related News

'Ghana lauded for good performance under AGOA'

'Ghana lauded for good performance under AGOA'

Ghana has been lauded for its performance under African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA); more than doubling its exports to the United States to about $300 million between 2016 and 2017, reflecting a general growth of African exports to the US under AGOA.  Mr. Harry Sullivan, Acting Director for Economic and Regional Affairs of the Bureau of African Affairs, said...

15 February, 2018
Non-oil AGOA exports reach $4.2b, bilateral trade grows to $38b

Non-oil AGOA exports reach $4.2b, bilateral trade grows to $38b

Despite the huge trade deficit between the United States and African countries, a US government official says the country is working to make trade with the continent more reciprocal. He says trade has been positive as total US, Africa trade rose from 16.8 per cent from $33 billion in 2016 to $38.5 billion in 2017. Speaking to journalists during a teleconference Tuesday...

14 February, 2018
Ghana to set up equipment hub for apparel sector

Ghana to set up equipment hub for apparel sector

As part of efforts to seek ways to improve market access for Ghana’s textile industry under the US African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) will establish an equipment hub as the tools needed for accurate measurement are expensive for manufacturers. GSA would also make dressmakers understand the importance of...

23 January, 2018
Ghana: Garments industry receives $10 million Ghana EXIM support

Ghana: Garments industry receives $10 million Ghana EXIM support

The Export-Import (EXIM) Bank of Ghana has set aside $10 million to support the textiles and garments industry from the first quarter of next year. The Chief Executive Officer of the development bank, Mr Lawrence Agyinsam, who announced this in Accra on Thursday, said his outfit would also support training and skills development in the sub-sector, since it was one of the...

17 November, 2017