Mr Addo Kuffour, Spokesperson and an Executive Member of the Association said, we have been neglected for far too long as one of the country’s most lucrative industries which employs more than 300,000 people along the value chain.
He explained while addressing a meeting of the Association at the Jubilee Park, Kumasi, that the local footwear industry which served the needs of countries in the West African sub-Region, including Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Togo and Cameroun had taken a considerable nosedive.
He noted, we are unable to compete with the influx of imported and inferior products on the Ghanaian market, and this is a worry to all stakeholders. adding that this called for prompt intervention on the part of government to save the situation.
Amongst others, the Association is advocating the promulgation of comprehensive policies and regulations to revamp the industry.
Additionally, the footwear makers are asking the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MoTI), to partner the National Board for Small Industries (NBSSI) and related agencies to roll out comprehensive training regime to build the capacity of footwear manufacturers for efficient work.
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