Thursday 12th September, 2019
Tema, Sept. 12, GNA
– The Coalition of Textiles Employees has expressed gratitude to the Ministry
of Trade and Industry for heeding to their call to implement the textile
manufacturing control measures.
however says the Ministry must
reactivate the taskforce which mandate include the power to seize
pirated textile products from the market and at the borders.
They indicated that
the role of the taskforce was very critical to the implementation of the
The Coalition called
off its intended massive workers’ demonstrations after Mr Alan Kyeremanteng,
Minister of Trade and Industry, engaged them following their one week ultimatum
to government to implement some control measures agreed upon by stakeholders.
Leaders of the
Coalition told the Ghana News Agency that nothing meaningful could be achieved
without an effective taskforce which would ensure that textile tax stamps were adhered to by
stakeholders especially at the markets.
They cautioned that
“unless the measures are implemented holistically, the situation of the
Textiles Industry would deteriorate and render employees redundant” adding that
the “the Coalition would not hesitate to carry out the threat to demonstrate if
the timelines given by the Hon Minister is not effected”.
According to them,
the timelines given by the Minister included the conclusion and signing of the
legal processes for the takeoff of the control measures on Friday September 13,
Others included the
release of the tax stamps within two weeks upon request from local
manufacturers and importers to affix them on the products.
The use of the Tema
Port as a single corridor for the importation of textile products into Ghana as
well as the takeoff of all other measures agreed on by stakeholders..