Ghana Employers’ Association 'Counterfeit products heightens business competition'

He said the situation is impacting negatively on employers and is stifling innovation and creativity.

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Legitimate businesses in Ghana are struggling to compete with counterfeit and pirated goods circulating in the local market, the President of the Ghana Employers’ Association (GEA) Terry Darko told journalists in Accra.

He said the situation is impacting negatively on employers and is stifling innovation and creativity.

“In recent times, counterfeiting and illicit trade in Ghana have heightened competition, as legitimate businesses cannot compete with pirates who take a free ride on the work of others without contributing to research, development, or social cost of their workers,” he said.

“The theft of this intellectual property through counterfeiting and piracy is stifling the innovation and creativity at the heart of today’s knowledge-based economy,” he said.

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According to him, counterfeiting and piracy “affect Ghana in several ways, among these are the loss of revenue to government, the loss of jobs due to companies and industries folding up, the ruining of Ghana’s image in international circles”.

Darko said the “unpredictable and unstable nature of the macroeconomic environment remains a daunting challenge to employers, and a conducive environment for doing business is critical to the success or otherwise of any business entity, more especially for the private sector.

“Access to credit is on the decline, since businesses are competing with government for credit from the banks,” he said.

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