Shoemakers in Koforidua in the Eastern, Region have made a clarion call on the government to reduce import duty charges on shoemaking materials to progressively trim-down price the tags on materials used in producing shoes.
In an exclusive interview with Starr Tv, some shoemakers stated that the increase in prices has affected their business yet, slowing the pace of productivity and sales.
“People are not buying due to the cost of our products. We are pleading with the government to lower the import duty charges on our materials so we can buy at affordable prices to produces more footwears at lesser prices on the market” they lamented.
Meanwhile, the government in recent years had launched Made In Ghana Goods campaigns and initiatives targeted at promoting high standards and excellence in products and service offerings to increase patronage of locally produced goods.
Besides, the initiatives aimed at reducing dependence on imported products that can be produced locally but were met with challenges, mainly due to the absence of a coordinated programme with a clearly defined mandate and objectives to deal with the issues, from the lack of raw materials for industry through to manufacturing and the end user.
Notable among these initiatives is, the One District One Factory policy instituted by the current government which will serve as job Creation Avenue for Ghanaians through the setting up of factories and industries which will move the country towards greater industrialization, yet Koforidua Shoemakers has seen nothing materialize.
By: Oheneba Kwabenah Yeboah/Sokynewsgh.com