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African sourcing event in June

Source Africa will be held June 8 to 9, 2016.This is a pan-African textile and apparel trade show. More than 1,500 manufacturers, buyers, suppliers and service providers will gather to promote manufacturing and discuss the region’s potential. It will feature more than 180 exhibitors from countries like South Africa, Mauritius, Lesotho, Kenya, Egypt, Madagascar, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Zimbabwe.

Mauritius, which has been steadily working to rebuild its once-thriving textile industry, will take a delegation of 39 companies to the show this year who will showcase their production of T-shirts, polo shirts, jeans, high end suits and accessories. With decades of experience and renewed investments in high end design skills and manufacturing technology, Mauritian textile and fashion producers now supply leading fashion brands, primarily in the Eurozone and USA, namely, Calvin Klein, Adidas, Woolworths, Tommy Hilfiger, Puma, Harrods, River Island and Levi’s.

African manufacturers in eligible countries are poised to benefit from the African Growth and Opportunity Act, a trade preference program, renewed last year with the United States that grants countries meeting certain requirements duty free access to the US market for their apparel exports.

Africa is expected to play an increasingly important role in the textile, apparel and footwear industry over the next decade.