The (AGAM), a business network and advocacy organization for the Ghanaian apparel business was launched in Accra on November, 16, 2017. The event, attended by key players in the apparel industry, was held under the theme: Spurring the Growth of Garment Industry for Sustainable Jobs. AGAM expects to see an increase in workforce from 2,000 to 20,000 by 2018.
AGAM president Gregory Kankoh explained the main aim of establishing the association was to facilitate advocacy with key stakeholders and address challenges confronting the industry and further help members to build a strong network to share ideas and build partnerships to enhance business. “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.
The association seeks to ensure members adopt global best practices and innovations in the apparel industry to make Ghana the preferred apparel manufacturing hub in Africa. Some other benefits expected to be gained from the association includes enhancing the export of garments from the country to generate foreign exchange for Ghana, industry upgrading and enhancing tax contribution for national development.
Ghana’s competitive position and hospitable business environment makes the country a prime choice for investors and businesses looking to expand. The Association, the largest in the country, exports clothes worth over $12 million every year and employs over 2,000 workers. It has the potential of growing its workforce to 20,000 by December 2018.