A modern training centre to aid the design of aesthetically pleasing clothes to meet changing consumer taste is to be built at Apatrapa in Kumasi.
According to a GNA report, the project would be funded by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts.
Mrs. Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare, the Minister, in a speech read for her at the general meeting of the Ashanti Regional branch of the Ghana National Tailors and Dressmakers Association (GNTDA) said it would be equipped with state-of-the-art facilities.
It would tremendously assist the tailors and dressmakers to upgrade their skills, expose them to contemporary techniques to make them more competitive – to penetrate the international market.
The meeting was meant to take stock of activities of the Association and discuss ways to grow their businesses and boost their contribution to the economy.
The industry currently employs in excess of 27,000 people in the region.
Mrs. Ofosu-Agyare said they would do everything to create the right environment to sustain the increasing demand for smock and other traditional Ghanaian costumes and products.
The Regional Chairman, Nana Dickson Osei Baffoe, said globalization had made it pertinent to change their way of doing things.
There was now intense competition and that was why they needed to constantly upgrade their skills and to become more versatile in the use of information technology (IT).
He reminded them to adopt best practices to expand their businesses.