The first factory under the recently announced President's Special Initiative (PSI) on textiles and garments was unveiled in Accra on Friday.

The $1.2-million T-shirt, trousers, fabric and garment factory is also the first Ghana-Mauritius partnership company established to export goods to the US under the Africa Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) Initiative.

President John Agyekum Kufuor and the head of government of the Island of Mauritius, Sir Anerood Jugnuath, jointly inaugurated the factory.

President Kufuor said that, under the World Trade Organisation (WTO), developing countries were now rising to the challenge of competing with developed countries and that such a co-operation would be beneficial to this.

Robert Paapa Cudjoe, the Ghanaian executive chairman, appealed for the establishment of a Ghana-Mauritius Chamber of Commerce to further strengthen economic co-operation between the two countries.

The factory, which started trial production in August 2003, has a workforce of approximately 200.

Under the PSI, about 5000 people nationwide have already benefited from free training in textile processes at facilities in Accra, while new training centres are soon to be established in Kumasi and Takoradi.