Government To Patent Kente

KenteGovernment is to patent kente fabric to ensure it becomes a national asset, the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Nii Lante Vanderpuije, has said.

He was speaking at this year’s Agotime Kente Festival (Agbamevorza) on Saturday at Agortime Kpetoe in the Volta Region.

The festival, which was on the theme, ‘Conserving our cultural heritage,’ showcased the culture and tradition of the chiefs and people of the traditional area.

The Deputy Minister said the ministry was also formulating an intellectual property rights policy with other relevant stakeholders to establish adequate appropriate legal forms and effective rights to protect intellectual property rights and consequently stimulate innovative technology development in Ghanaian industries.

The government, he said, recognised the dwindling fortunes of the textile and garment industry which could be attributed to high level of smuggling and pirating of authentic Ghanaian textiles hence the setting up of the anti-pirating task force to destroy seized textiles.

He said besides the task force, corruption at the borders was being strictly checked to ensure a high sense of integrity and patriotism to stem the smuggling of cheap textile products into the local markets.

Dr. Henry Kofi Wampah, Governor of the Bank of Ghana, noted that the kente festival of the people of Agotime was unique among the festivals in Ghana and also depicted the true cultural identity of Ghana and Africans in the diaspora.

He said the international community had singled out, Ghana for her creative kente designs, varieties and blend of colours.

He lamented that the Ghanaian economy continued to rely on a few unprocessed agricultural products for export and added that whilst attempts were being made to add value to those products to enhance their competitiveness, government was seriously encouraging schemes that would boost non-traditional exports such as the kente cloth.

The Volta Regional Minister, Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo, for his part, said the forefathers or Agotime consciously and concertedly created kente as a masterpiece on the pillars of sound philosophy of absolute unity in diversity.

Consequently, he said, the kente fabric was designed to stand for enduring unity in diversity, power to serve, authencity to lead and the dignity to promote statesmanship.

Nene Neur Keteku III, Konor of Agotime Traditional Area, urged those in the kente weaving business to produce good quality fabrics. - Kafui Gati, Kpetoe

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