The Ghana National Association of Garment Makers has disclosed that high cost of electricity is affecting their businesses.
According to the Association, its members have had to close their shops and venture into other businesses as a result of the development.
Speaking to Starr FM, today November 5 2019, the Zonal Chairman for Dorwenya branch of the Ghana National Association of Garment Makers, Bernard Arthur Baidoo appealed to government to intervene to save the sector
''Sewing is another tedious and difficult work. When we work we use all the money to purchase prepaid. At times our client complain things are too expensive so they prefer to go to the market to purchase 'bend -down' boutique wears. With that when they bring their fabrics we cannot charge them much.Even some people in the business have stopped and doing other things''.
''We want threads, linings, machines and other sewing materials to be reduced for us.We are appealing to the government to come to ur aid to make things moderate. Cost of electricity must be reduced because we have families and we use the money we get to purchase electricity for our businesses''.
The Association of Ghana Apparel Manufacturers (AGAM), a business network and advocacy organization for the Ghanaian apparel business, was launched in November 16 2017.
The Association which is the largest in the country exports more than $12 million worth of clothes each year and employs over 2,000 workers with the potential of growing this workforce to 20,000 employees by 2020.
It also seeks, among others, to ensure that members adopt global best practices and innovations in the apparel industry to make Ghana the preferred apparel manufacturing hub in Africa.
The Ghana National Association of Garment Makers looks forward to be the major global brand as well as the leading place in the sub-region to do apparel business to promote growth and profitability of our members.