Origin Africa/Africa Sourcing and Fashion Week (ASFW) 2015, one of biggest textile and garment event on the continent, is due take place in Ethiopia from the 21st - 23rd October 2015 at the Millennium Hall in Addis Ababa.
Last year's event was held in Nairobi, Kenya in November, 2014. The event organizers have stated that they expect over 200 exhibitors to participate in the upcoming event.
African Cotton and Textile Industries Federation (ACTIF) together with International event organizers Trade and Fairs East Africa (TFEA) in Partnership with the East Africa Trade and Investment Hub (EATIH) will organize Origin Africa 2015.
A statement the organizers stated that the event will highlight the creativity and innovation of the African cotton, textile and clothing industries, with a specific focus on business, trade and investment both regionally and internationally while capturing the spirit, style and innovation of modern Africa.
The 3 day event will encompass a trade exhibition, conference, business to business (B2B) meetings and a fashion designer exposition. “Being an integral part of the expo, the exhibition will have a section for cotton fiber, textile and export ready apparel industries, machinery and technology, home textile and décor and a brand new beauty section,” the statement indicated.
Special B2B meetings will be organized for buyers to meet procurement officers whereby they set their own needs and topics, while investors will have meeting set at their offices to discuss both local and foreign investments. The conference will also be discussing on topics that emphasis on the buyers and investors interest: financial Institution packages for investment development; the manufacturer’s challenges, involvement of government support and the role of associations.
The 2014 Origin Africa event was a high profile, international event with more than 400 participants from 11 countries, including 15 regional and international buyers, with strong representation from across the cotton, textile and apparel value chain.
Experts said that this kind of event is a good opportunity for Ethiopia to showcase its potential for genuine investors and buyers.
Origin Africa 2012 that took place from 24-27 April in Addis Ababa showcased textile and apparel products of 60 exhibitors from Africa, China, India, the US and Europe. Almost half of the exhibitors are textile and apparel manufactures and fashion designers.