Inspiring. Empowering. Engaging.
These are just some of the attendee descriptions of the 8th Africa Sourcing and Fashion Week (ASFW), which took place 4–7 November 2022, at the Skylight Hotel in Addis Ababa.
After making a comeback in 2021 following the COVID-19 pandemic, ASFW was in full gear and aimed at supporting the success of the textiles and apparel sector in Africa.
Over 4,000 visitors and 250 exhibitors from multiple sectors converged at ASFW 2022 to reconnect, learn and gain insights into paths to success as well as hear outstanding industry experts speak on the current trends and strategies available for all stakeholders in the region.
The event kicked off with an official inauguration and tour by the organisers, government officials and partners. We had high-level state officials in attendance, namely the Ethiopia state minister for tourism, Nasise Challi, and, state minister for trade & industry, Teka Gebreyesus.
We also had the honour of hosting our long-time partners from UNIDO represented by Aurelia Calabro, Representative and Director of the Regional Hub in Addis Ababa, among other important delegates and ambassadors.
This writer, founder & CEO of Trade and Fairs East Africa Ltd, welcomed everyone to ASFW 2022 and highlighted the opportunities and challenges affecting the textiles and apparel sector in Africa. Attendees were urged to take the opportunity to network and forge strong business relationships that will play a key role in enhancing intracontinental trade.
The ASFW show presented a curated showcase of various globally sourced and sustainably produced fabrics and knitted materials, machinery, yarns, sewing accessories, home textiles, ready-to-wear garments, upholstery fabrics, advertising agencies and media as well as major sourcing and distribution brands.