TRALAC - Trade Law Centre

Ghana: Textile and garments committee inaugurated

Tuesday, 22 May 2018 Published: | Alan Kwadwo Kyeremanten

Source: Daily Guide Africa (Ghana)

The reconstituted National Technical Committee for Textiles  and Garments was on Friday inaugurated to ensure that Ghana meets the requirements for the production of textiles and garments for the local and the international markets.

The committee, which has been expanded in size from 12 experts to 22, would be responsible for the development and implementation of standards for the textiles and garments industry.

It is determined to consider standards for slit and kabaKente, smock and many other Ghana-made clothes that are mostly preferred by many Ghanaians and foreigners alike.

It has Eunice Antiaye – head of Textiles and Garment Department, Accra Technical University – as its chairperson, with other members drawn from different backgrounds – industry, professional, education and research institutions, certification bodies, consumer groups and government departments.

Nyame Berfi, Director in-charge of Multilateral, Regional and Bilateral Trade at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, who inaugurated the committee in Accra on behalf of Alan Kwadwo Kyeremarten – the sector minister – said Ghana could not take full advantage of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) due to sub-standard goods.

“Even though AGOA presents a significant opportunity for Ghana to increase its manufacturing capacity and diversify its exports, the country has not been able to exploit to the full, the trading opportunities under the programme,” Mr Kyeremarten said in a speech read on his behalf.

He emphasised the importance of rigidly keeping to applicable standards as far as the textiles and garment industry is concerned and tasked the committee to pay attention to the variety of fabrics, material and finishes in the production of textile goods and modifications in the description of care processes.

Mr Kyeremanten also tasked the members of the committee to use their expertise to come out with standards and requirements needed to ensure safety and quality of products from the industry.

Professor Alex Dodoo, Director General of the GSA, said the committee members represent capable men and women in the country who set standards for the nation in line with international standards.

He mentioned challenges confronting the textile and garments industry as sub-standard buttons, zips, thread, under-sized measuring tapes as well as the inability to penetrate the job markets.

“The task we have thrown to the Technical Committee is that Ghanaian clothes have sizes; please let’s know the standards for our sizes – for Fugu, for Kaftan and so on. That’s the only way we can trade online,” he charged.

Madam Antiaye said the committee would hit the ground running by holding meetings to deliberate on adoption, review and development of relevant standards.


View related news articles

'Changing jeans sourcing scene has these countries coming up roses'

'Changing jeans sourcing scene has these countries coming up roses'

The sourcing landscape for denim jeans is slowly but certainly shifting, while overall U.S. blue denim apparel imports continue to decline. Imports of jeans fell 7.43 percent in the first two months of the year compared to the same period in 2020 to a value of $460.25 million, expanding on a 5.36 percent year-over-year falloff in January, according to the Commerce...

09 April, 2021
Lesotho: '45,000 textile jobs at severe risk'

Lesotho: '45,000 textile jobs at severe risk'

With only about a week left, the United States government says it is "disheartened" by Lesotho's failure to address its human trafficking concerns. This puts the country on the brink, with the real risk of losing billions of maloti in funding under the second compact and about 45 000 textiles jobs facing serious jeopardy. The US had given Prime Minister Moeketsi Majoro's...

29 January, 2021
Ghana Apparel Training Centre launched to develop garment industry

Ghana Apparel Training Centre launched to develop garment industry

In efforts to support Ghana’s garment manufacturing industry, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, together with its partners – Ethical Apparel Africa (EAA), Gerber, Groz Beckert, Freudenberg and Accra Technical Training College (ATTC), have officially launched the Ghana Apparel Training & Service Centre, in Accra. The launch...

27 November, 2020
Kingdom of Lesotho must seize textile manufacturing crown

Kingdom of Lesotho must seize textile manufacturing crown

The country has the right skills in place — now it just needs co-ordination and capacity. The health and economic crisis brought on by Covid-19 has had a global economic effect. From disrupted supply chains to restrictions on the free movement of people and their skills, goods and capital, the world has had to adjust to a “new normal”. A question on the lips of those...

25 September, 2020
US sets lower annual apparel import cap under AGOA

US sets lower annual apparel import cap under AGOA

The US has set new lower annual limits on duty and quota-free imports of apparel articles assembled from regional and third-country fabric under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) in the upcoming fiscal year. The new figures are released by the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA) for the 12 months from 1 October 2020 to 30 September...

18 September, 2020
Kenya: Apparel firms ride on Corona battle

Kenya: Apparel firms ride on Corona battle

The apparel sector is one of those targeted by the government for expansion in a bid to bolster the economy and create jobs. Although it has been identified as a key pillar of the economy, the textile sector has for long remained in the doldrums. The government has instituted a number of measures and demonstrated renewed commitment over the recent past to boost the...

19 May, 2020