Textile industry needs a ‘proper’ policy


THE lack of policy for the textile and garment industry has caused the small-to-medium enterprises in that particular industry to be marginalised, according to the SME Corporation board chairman Michael Mel.
He said a proper policy to regulate the garment and textile industry was needed.
“Government must have a clear policy to regulate the textile and garment industry. Without this policy, small businesses in the industry are marginalised,” Mel said.
Mel made the statement during a SMEC garment and textile training programme last Friday in Port Moresby.
He urged the participants to be committed, have self-belief and be prepared to make sacrifices.
Five men and 25 women completed the training.
The programme is the certificate level one of the SMEC and runs over four months.
The trainees received certificates in pattern designing, garment construction, sewing machine repairs and screen printing.
Trainees can further learn about business management in the next training programme.