April 3, 2018

“Garments & Textiles Capable of Ending Unemployment in Ghana” – Mrs Appiah

Madam Philomena Appiah, Chief Executive Office of Global Garments, a wholly owned Ghanaian apparel manufacturing firm, with specialities in boots, gloves, T-shirts, and uniforms for securities, has said the country stands a chance of providing enough jobs for its citizens, while gaining a lot more revenue, if a good attention is given the garments and textiles manufacturing industry of the country.

The Global Garments & Textiles boss, who also owns Global Motors, a haulage, ‘four-wheelers’ and saloon cars accredited dealer in and outside Ghana, was of the strong conviction that, a desperate attempt by government in placing the growth of the sector, on a more higher priority, will inure to the benefit of the country.

Mrs Appiah indicated that, “Although a lot more new entrants are sprouting in the garments and textiles business, only few are doing well.” She added, “Out of those doing well, only a hand full are able to get good orders, as well as meeting the few orders that come within the subregion and outside Africa.”

She however, expressed positive reservations, and said the visions and mandates of the Free Zones Act of Parliament,1995, Act 504 has helped a lot, and said the government of Ghana from 2001 till close to 2010 has done a lot for the sector but said the government along the line, particularly between latter parts of 2011 had been abysmal.

Madam Appiah applauded the sitting government for showing indications of revamping and improving the sector, and appealed to the government to speed up its efforts, in order to meet competitions of the subregion.

According to Mrs Appiah, “This is capable of placing Ghana beyond aid.”

Textile manufacturing in Ghana is an industry consisting of ginneries and textile mills producing batik, wax cloth, fancy printed cloth and Kente cloth. Firms have located in Ghana to serve local and regional markets with printed African patterned fabrics. The industry has shown signs of significant growth in recent years, promoting high-quality traditionally designed fabrics as “Made in Ghana” to niche markets, especially the US.

Ghanaian textile companies prefer to locate within designated industrial areas to take advantage of Ghana’s free zone regime and stable operating environment. Today, Ghana’s textiles industry include vertically integrated mills, horizontal weaving factories and the traditional textile manufacturing firms involved in spinning, hand-weaving and fabric-processing.

Textile exports include: Cotton yarn, Cotton fabric, Printed fabric, Polyester fabric, Blankets, Bed sheets

The dry, savannah climate in the northern regions of the country is ideal for the cultivation of cotton, which is the primary material used by mills, weavers, batik, and tie-dye manufacturers in Ghana.

The industry is supported by National Vocational Training Institutes throughout the country. These institutes provide basic practical and theoretical training in tailoring and dressmaking. There are also a growing number of private fashion design institutes and internationally acclaimed designers that teach latest techniques to aspiring textile designers.

The government has initiated various policies aimed at restructuring and improving the textiles industry. The objectives include; Increase of employment opportunities for the growing population, Expansion and diversification of the economy, Promotion of both domestic and foreign investment.

The multi talented lady, mother of five strong men, and a lady medical doctor, used the opportunity to wish all her customers, her facilitators such as Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA), the Ghana Free Zones Authority and all who have made Global group of companies resourced, strong and a great brand, a very happy new year and a blessed season of Easter.


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