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Association of Ghana apparel manufacturers launched

The Association of Ghana Apparel Manufacturers (AGAM), a business network and advocacy organization for the Ghanaian apparel business, was launched in Accra on Thursday.

The launch was performed by the Trades Minister of Trade and Industry, John K. Alan Kyerematen and will be attended by key players in the apparel industry.

The event was under the theme “Spurring the growth of the Garment Industry for sustainable jobs.”

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 December 2018.

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.

They look forward to be the major global brands as well as the leading place in the sub-region to do apparel business to promote growth and profitability of our members.

President of AGAM, Gregory Kankoh, expressed excitement at the establishment of the association, which he said will facilitate advocacy with key stakeholders to address challenges confronting the industry and also help members to build a strong network for exchange ideas and building partnerships to enhance their businesses.

“Our members have been confronted with a number of challenges such as accessing service factory space, finding skilled Labour, funding and market opportunities.

“Coming together as an association will give us a strong collective positioning to find solutions to our problems” he said.

Other benefits to be derived from the association include enhancing the export of Garments from the country to generate foreign exchange for Ghana, industry upgrading and enhancing tax contribution for national development, he said.

He said Ghana’s competitive position and hospitable business environment makes the country a prime choice for investors and businesses looking to expand and encouraged apparel industry players.

Mr Kankoh pleaded with society to support the association to use these opportunities to grow the industry for national benefit.

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A Ghanaian model, Prince IB makes Ghana proud at the world competition

Ghanaian model, Prince IB, raised high the flag of Ghana in Benidorm, Spain, when he helped Ghana placed second at the 2017 edition of the Costa Blanca fashion week/ Model of the World competition, which took place from May 11-13, 2017.

Prince, a native of Tijou in the Northern Region and of the Dagomba tribe, braved the odds as a first-timer at the competition to earn Ghana the first runner-up position in the male category amongst the over twenty(20) countries like the USA, Mexico, Venezuela, Sri Lanka, Dominican Republic, Spain, Armenia, Japan, Equatorial Guinea, Philippines, Latvia, among others. In addition, Prince earned Ghana first place in the Best Male Catwalk category.
The Costa Blanca fashion week/ World Model of the Year 2017, male category, went to Venezuela, which came with the trophy and $10,000. Second runner-up in the male category went to Mexico.
In the female category, Ghana's representative, Gisela, missed out on the top three positions but earned high commendations on the finale night. Sri Lanka, Armenia and Canary Islands placed winner, first runner-up and second runner-up respectively.

The Costa Blanca fashion week/ Model of the World competition brings together the top models around the world of the year under review to compete for the model of the year top prize of $10,000 in each of the male and female categories.

As a result of his participation in and the network of contacts he built during the competition, Prince has been chosen to be a member of the organizing team for the next edition of the Costa Blanca fashion week / Model of the Year competition in Spain in 2018.

Prince will also be taking part in fashion shows in Thailand, Dominican Republic and Kenya later this month and in early June.

Prince and Gisela's participation in the Costa Blanca fashion week / Model of the Year 2017 was facilitated by their able manager, Lisa. Prince has further emphasized the enormous support extended to him by Mr. Greg  and  Nallem Clothing  for their immense contribution towards making this venture successful.

Story: Jolomoh