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Ghanaian govt reconstitutes task force on pirated textilesWednesday, July 30, 2014 > 09:53:59
(Fibre 2 Fashion)
The Government of Ghana has reconstituted the Task Force on Seizure of Pirated Ghanaian Textile Designs, according to Information Services Department of the Ministry of Information.
The 16-member reconstituted Task Force was inaugurated by the out-going Trade and Industry Minister Haruna Iddissu in Accra.
The new Task Force would be headed by Deputy Superintendent of Police Samuel Naa Musah. Mr. Appiah Doryimu, a former chairman of the Task Force, would serve as an advisor to the Task Force.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Iddissu said the trade in pirated textile designs and trademarks of Ghanaian companies is having adverse effects on the country’s textile industry, and the issue has assumed national importance.
He mentioned that the number of people employed in Ghanaian textile industry has gradually decreased from about 30,000 in the 1980s and early 1990s to 3,000 as of now, as a result of piracy.
The Minister cautioned members of the Task Force against resorting to high-handedness and urged them to do their duty with civility and decorum. He said that the Task Force members should ensure that saleswomen are not subjected to dehumanizing treatment and the exercise should not lead to chaos.
Mr. Iddrisu also said that the Ghanaian Government would discuss with the Chinese authorities in Ghana to help restrain their citizens from engaging in the piracy of Ghanaian textile designs.
The Task Force on Seizure and Disposal of Pirated Ghanaian Textile Designs was first set up in August 2010 and was reconstituted ion early 2013, comprising representatives of textile companies, the Police, Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority and the Ministry of Trade and Industry.
Subsequently in December 2013, the Ministry of Trade and Industry temporarily suspended the operations of the Anti-Piracy Task Force in order to streamline its operations. Thereafter, a nationwide exercise of educating and sensitizing the general public and traders on the affect of the import and trade of pirated textiles on Ghanaian economy was carried out.
‘Pirated’ textiles is a major problem affecting the Ghanaian textile industry. The term is used to denote those textile products that are an imitation of traditional Ghanaian textile designs and are available at lower prices.