The Trade Hub has donated office furniture and equipment worth 23,400 cedis (approximately $5,300) to the Association of Ghana Apparel Manufacturers (AGAM) as part of a grant agreement signed this July. AGAM will use the items to run its newly established secretariat, located in the Adjabeng Free Zone enclave in Accra, which was set up to enable the association to provide administrative support and advisory services to its members and other apparel manufacturers as they seek to boost production of apparel for the regional market, as well as for export to the U.S. under AGOA.
Trade Hub’s Chief of Party, Ms. Carol Adoum, accompanied by Apparel Industry Specialist Mr. Emmanuel Odonkor and Senior Communications Specialist Ms. Maria Gwira, officially donated the items to the AGAM office on October 6th. The list of items included two all-in-one computers, a Canon copier with toner, and two air conditioning units. The Trade Hub also supplied AGAM with office furniture— a conference table with three chairs, an executive chair, a four-drawer cabinet, an L-Shaped office desk and a reception desk.
AGAM plans, through this secretariat, to increase membership in order to grow and sustain the organization and will partner with external organizations to effectively execute large projects. The secretariat will also serve as the nexus from which to increase the capacity of its members through education, technical training, and advocacy activities. Members will share best practices in technical areas such as pattern-making, machinery management and maintenance, inventory control, market trends, and in business skills such as financial management, negotiation and presentation skills, writing of technical and financial proposals, market research, information analysis and usage advice; and will receive training in how to effectively participate in international exhibitions.
Receiving the donation, AGAM president Mr. Gregory Kankoh said: “Without the Trade Hub, AGAM would not be here,” and took the opportunity to share ideas regarding the way forward.
Ms. Adoum told the executive that their focus on increasing membership and membership services was the right approach and would ensure the sustainability of their organization.