The three-day Africa Sourcing and Fashion Week will be held in Ethiopia from October 3 to 6, 2017. International textile suppliers and buyers are expected to attend the third edition of the biggest textile trade fair in Africa.
A conference running parallel to the trade fair will discuss the themes currently dominating the textile industry. It will focus on becoming particularly relevant to more and more fashion buyers and present new approaches to eco fashion and sustainable solutions. The spotlight will be on various issues, including sustainability, with a particular focus on production, the environment and certifications. A fashion show, trend area and matchmaking platform are just some of the highlights.
International manufacturers of textile machines will also be showcasing new technologies for the African market. Italian textile machine makers will present a range of product innovations. Over the past five years, Italian exports to Ethiopia have increased on an average by 14 per cent annually. Designers will get specific information targeted at them. Experts presentations on international fashion designed in Africa are in line. A trend agency will contribute to future trends in women's, men's and children's clothing.
Ethiopia has launched a plan to promote the industry and exploit several bilateral trade agreements signed with western countries. Moreover the country is experimenting a long period of GDP growth. In this positive economic climate, the demand for machinery by local textile companies has grown significantly.