Thank you Mr. Speaker, for favouring me with the opportunity to associate myself with the Statement.
Mr. Speaker, the textile industry, like other local industries of rice and cotton, is seriously in danger; the poultry industry also faces similar crisis. Mr. Speaker, the problems confronting the textile industry are enormous and hydra-headed, and I think that only a strong national effort can bring operations of the textile industry back to normalcy.
Mr. Speaker, the situation prevailing
in the local textile industry in Ghana is confronting that industry in Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, even in America
and Canada, and a lot of measures are being invoked to check the influx of cheap foreign textile prints.
Mr. Speaker, about the issue of smuggling, I think that Ghana has a strong anti-dumping case to make against our competitors because what is happening on the continent now amounts to dumping. Unfortunately, I am not very sure whether we have any contingency protection measures such as anti-dumping or countervailing safeguards. I would want to see a situation where, maybe, the Executive and this House would work together to put in safeguards so that in the event of such crises, we could invoke some of these measures to protect our industries.
Mr. Speaker, I think that recently, the sector Minister introduced new administrative policy guidelines, at least, to reduce the incidence of pirating, smuggling and others. Some of these measures include single-corridor entry point, hundred per cent physical examination and others. But Mr. Speaker, at the committee level, we interacted with stakeholders in the private sector. Their concerns are that yes, the policy guidelines are fine; everything is perfect, but what is lacking is the institutional capacity of the various institutions to be able to enforce these directives.
Do we have adequate personnel? Do we have the right infrastructure? Do we have adequate logistics? Are the personnel well motivated and well resourced to be able to enforce the directives of the Ministry? I think that this is what we should also be looking at.
Mr. Speaker, when this influx hit Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya, their Governments took the problem as a serious national one and they played a very vital role in bringing the operations of the textile industry back to normalcy.
In Nigeria, for example, a lot of