We Hope to Continue Providing a Platform for Key Stakeholders

The 8th Africa Sourcing and Fashion Week was organised in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa earlier this month. Organised by Trade and Fairs Consulting GmbH, it is one of the key trade events in the continent. A first-person account from the man behind the event

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  • The Week saw commitment from brands & governments to promote free trade within the continent, & to work collaboratively with the industry to help reduce environmental impact across the supply chain.
  • ASFW will continue to provide not just a dedicated hub for sustainable sourcing, but also a dynamic networking forum for sharing best practices for the benefit of all.
  • Weeks such as this aim to increase the sourcing of sustainably-produced textiles from emerging textiles & apparel production hubs in Africa, thereby creating thousands of jobs for Africa’s growing workforce.
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 as well as major sourcing and distribution brands.
Africa Showcase 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 as well as major sourcing and distribution brands. Africa Sourcing and Fashion Week

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.

The 250 exhibitors at the ASFW included a delegation of Ghanaian and Ivorian textile and apparel manufacturers under the African FAN project – Africa Fashion and Textile Acceleration Network, which is an initiative by its long-time partners GIZ and ITC.
Wide Range The 250 exhibitors at the ASFW included a delegation of Ghanaian and Ivorian textile and apparel manufacturers under the African FAN project – Africa Fashion and Textile Acceleration Network, which is an initiative by its long-time partners GIZ and ITC. Africa Sourcing and Fashion Week

Among our 250 exhibitors, we had the German pavilion funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics, a delegation of Ghanaian and Ivorian textile and apparel manufacturers under the African FAN project – Africa Fashion and Textile Acceleration Network, which is an initiative by our long-time partners GIZ and ITC. The Indian pavilion was represented by the Synthetic Textile and Rayon Export Council (STREPC).

These projects aimed to increase the sourcing of sustainably-produced textiles from emerging textiles and apparel production hubs in Africa, thereby creating thousands of jobs for Africa’s growing workforce.

During the event, various important conferences were held with speakers from major companies such as Global Organic Textile Solutions (GOTS), GIZ Ethiopia, Ethiopian Airline Cargo and Zambia Development agency. They addressed topics on organic fibre production, driving investment in the textiles and garment sectors, sustainable sourcing, key innovations, and how different ways of anticipating and measuring economic impacts can help in building a more sustainable value chain.

Forty-five high-level buyers met exhibitors at exclusively organised B2B sessions, and on the final day a visit tour was held to two state-of-the-art textile factories—Jay Jay Textiles and LYU SHTAO factory.

The initiative walk for business hosted over 30 designers from East, West and Southern Africa displaying the latest creative designs adorned by our incandescent models.

The Africa Sourcing and Fashion Week is committed to African designers, and is the hotspot for those who aim to secure business internationally.

The ASFW hopes to continue providing a platform for key stakeholders to join the dots of the supply chain, reinforced by key research and resources for sustainable textiles, and to enable the establishment of commercial relations between all branches of the textile industry.
Joining the Dots The ASFW hopes to continue providing a platform for key stakeholders to join the dots of the supply chain, reinforced by key research and resources for sustainable textiles, and to enable the establishment of commercial relations between all branches of the textile industry. Africa Sourcing and Fashion Week

We hope to continue providing a platform for key stakeholders to join the dots of the supply chain, reinforced by key research and resources for sustainable textiles, and to enable the establishment of commercial relations between all branches of the textile industry.

It is the only undertaking of this type in Africa that is officially supported by Messe Frankfurt, the world's leading trade fair, congress and event organizer.

We shall continue to promote direct employment in Africa as well as safe and sustainable manufacturing. A huge thank you to all our main partners inside and outside Africa as well as the government of Ethiopia that has been our gracious host for the past eight years. A special thanks to Messe Frankfurt, the Ethiopian Textile and Garment Manufacturer Association as well as the entire GIZ family who continue to support us on the highest level.

We have come away from the 8th ASFW show feeling energised by the increasing commitment from brands and governments to promote free trade within the continent, and to work collaboratively with the industry to help reduce environmental impact across the supply chain. Not only will ASFW always provide a dedicated hub for sustainable sourcing, but also a dynamic networking forum for sharing best practices for the benefit of all.

There is still a long way to go, and we look forward to working with more stakeholders in the coming years to help improve the textiles value chain and take African textiles to the global market.

The Africa Sourcing and Fashion Week is committed to African designers, and is the hotspot for those who aim to secure business internationally.
Meeting Ground The Africa Sourcing and Fashion Week is committed to African designers, and is the hotspot for those who aim to secure business internationally. Africa Sourcing and Fashion Week
 
 
  • Dated posted: November 24, 2022
  • Last modified: November 24, 2022