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Ethiopia 2012

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Sheraton Addis

 

 

TUESDAY, APRIL 24 – REGISTRATION, WELCOME RECEPTION & HUB OF AFRICA FASHION SHOW

14:00 – 17:30

 

Registration: Sheraton Hotel Pre-Function Area (near Lalibela Ballroom)

 

17:30 – 19:00

Welcome Reception: Sheraton Hotel Patio - open to all registered delegates

Dress: Casual

19:00 – 22:00

Hub of Africa Designer Showcase (Part 1) – African Union Conference Centre – Dress: Smart Casual

 

Hub of Africa Fashion Week Addis Ababa celebrates Eco-fashion. This will be the first showing of a two-part event (the 2nd part being on Wednesday 25th), which will showcase the talents of 35 designers from across Africa. Designs will be created with commercial appeal and African flair, many using cotton and other raw materials & accessories sourced from the continent.

Eco Fashion is part of the growing design trend in sustainable fashion where a product is created and produced with consideration to its environmental and social impact. Simply put, “eco-fashion” refers to stylized clothing that uses environmentally sensitive fabrics and responsible production techniques.

22:00

Return to Hotels

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25 – SEMINAR SERIES, TRADE EXPO, HUB OF AFRICA FASHION SHOW &

OFFICIAL OPENING OF ORIGIN AFRICA 2012

07:30 – 16:00 Registration: Sheraton Hotel - Pre Function Area (near Lalibela Ballroom)
  SEMINAR SERIES

 

SEMINAR THEME I: Technology and Machinery Development, Agricultural Practices and the link with Academia and Industry Needs

The world cotton, textile and apparel industry has seen fundamental changes in the past decades especially in new product development and new technologies, a direct response to rising costs and competition from other fibres. In this session, the impact of new product development, together with the need for a formal and new initiative to connect Academia and Industry, will be highlighted as an essential component for progress and development

 

PARALLEL SESSIONS

 

 

SIMIEN ROOM

DASHEN ROOM

09:00 – 10:45

Session 1
Effect of Technology and Machinery on Production

Moderator: Mr. Rajeev Arora, Executive Director, ACTIF, Kenya

 

Speakers:

  • Navdeep Sodhi

Partner, Gherzi Textil Organisation, Switzerland

The impact of Technology and Machinery on production: World Vs Africa’

 

  • Prof. Dorothy McCormick

University of Nairobi, IDS, Kenya

Adjusting to Chinese Ascendancy in the Post-MFA Global Clothing Industry: Innovation, Technology, and Markets of the African Exporter’

 

  • Dr. Deepti Gupta, Associate Professor

India Institute of Technology

  Functional clothing and its role in the future’

 

 

 

 

Session 2
Bridging the Gap between Academia and Industry to Build Competiveness

Moderator: Prof. Tegegne Gebre-Egziabher, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

 

Speakers:

 

  • Areda Batu Gemechu

Institute of Technology for Textile, Garment and Fashion Design (IOTEX) Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia

Overview of Ethiopian Scenario’

 

  • Prof. Ann Mastamet-Mason

Kenya Polytechnic College university

Bridging the gap between academia and industry to build competiveness within the Textile and Apparel Sectors of Africa’

 

  • Mr. Gopal Bhasin

The Apparel Training and Design Centre, India

Role of merchandising, production management, branding and communication for becoming a global professional’

 

 

10:45 – 11:15

Coffee Break – Terrace (adjacent to seminar rooms, 1st floor)

 

 

SIMIEN ROOM

DASHEN ROOM

11:15 – 13:00

Session 3
Good Agricultural Practices and Reducing Contamination

 

 

Moderator: Mr. Barry Fisher - Fiber, Textile & Apparel Component, USAID COMPETE, Kenya

Speakers:

  • Asefa Aga

Ethiopia Cotton Producers , Ginners and Exporters Association

Overview of Cotton Production in Ethiopia’

 

  • Kwajjaffa Ali

National Cotton Association of Nigeria

Overview of cotton production in Nigeria’

 

  • Dr C.N Waturu

Kenya Agricultural Research Institute

Potential of Bt cotton Production in Africa’

 

Session 2 (continued)
Bridging the Gap between Academia and Industry to Build Competiveness

 

Moderator: Mr. Prashant Agarwal - Jt Managing Director, Wazir Advisors, India

Speakers:

  • Prof. Bulent OZIPEK
    School of Textile Technologies and Design, Turkey

Turkish Textile Technology and its linkages between industry and Academia’

 

  • Mr. Mithun Kamath

Centum Learning, Kenya

Role of skill development for enhancing employment’

 

  • Mr. Harminder Sahni

Wazir Advisors, Mauritius

Bridging the gap between technology and Industry

 

13:00 – 14:30

Lunch Break (Ballroom Patio) & Trade Expo (Lalibela Ballroom)

 

 

SEMINAR THEME II: Investment and Innovations along the Cotton/Textile/Apparel Value Chain, Application and Design

 

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) data indicates that the combined size of African economy in 2010 was approximately US$ 1.7 trillion (current prices), which has grown annually since 2000 at a remarkable rate of approximately 11%. It is expected that by 2016, it will exceed US$ 2.6 trillion, thereby growing at a rate of approximately 7%, making it one of the fastest growing economic regions in the world. This session will highlight investment opportunities and related issues across the value chain of cotton, textile and apparel, including market access opportunities, cost competitiveness, niche markets potential, and the policy environment

 

 

SIMIEN ROOM

DASHEN ROOM

14:30 – 16:30

Session 4

Investors Interactive Session

 

Moderator: Mr. Jaswinder Bedi, Chairman ACTIF

 

Speaker:

 

  • Dr. Hailu Beley, PhD

‘Investing in Ethiopia Textile Industry: Turkeys Experience’

 

Panelists:

  • Mr. Arun Garodia, MD, Keshav Knits, India

  • Amit Ruparelia, Chairman, TEXPROCIL, India

  • Updeep Singh, Senior Textile Industry Executive, India

  • Mr. Arun Seth, Director, Sunflag, Kenya

 

 

Session 5

Exploiting Value of Unique Designs and Accessories

 

Moderator: Mr. Chad Schofield - USA

 

Speakers:

 

  • Prof. Jacqueline Robeck

Louisiana State University, USA

Changing Trends in the Fashion Industry

 

  • Mrs. Sabrina Ramsamy

Institute of Fashion and Design, Mauritius

Recycling Cotton Waste warps into Fashion Accessories

 

  • Mr. Tarun Pandey

Pearl Academy of Fashion, India

Tapping the Niche segments in Africa’

 

 

 

16:30 – 18:00

 

Official Opening of Origin Africa 2012 (Ballroom Patio) – a special welcome from the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, H E Meles Zenawi

 

19:00 – 22:00

Hub of Africa Designer Showcase (Part 2) – African Union Conference Centre – Dress: Smart Casual

 

Origin Africa presents the Hub of Africa Fashion Week Part 2, “Designer Showcase”. The showcase will culminate in three prestigious awards:

  • Origin Africa Award – participation at the Africa Fashion Week New York

  • Messe Frankfurt Award – participation at the Ethical Fashion Show, Paris

  • US Retailer Award – for outstanding commercial market potential (a supply contract)

 

22:00

Return to Hotels

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 26 – SEMINAR SERIES & TRADE EXPO

 

08:00 – 16:00

 

Registration: Sheraton Hotel, Pre Function Area (near Lalibela Ballroom)

 

 

 

SEMINAR THEME III: Buyers Needs & Perspectives in doing Business in Africa

 

Africa is a blessed continent owing to the presence of unique resource, cultures, designs, talents and people. Africa has a lot to offer to its people and to the world. However this is yet to be fully exploited in order to generate maximum value. This session is dedicated to exploring the unique talent and manufacturing capabilities that Africa has, and how the continent and its industry can partner, and do business, with the international community and its consumers

 

 

SEMINAR SESSIONS

 

 

SIMIEN ROOM

09:00 – 11:30

Session 6

Interactive Session with Buyers and Manufacturers

What is needed to be a preferred supplier for regional & international exports’

Moderator: Mr. J.C Mazingue, USAID COMPETE

 

Speakers:

  • Buyers & Open Floor

 

11:30 – 11:45

Coffee Break – Terrace (adjacent to seminar rooms, 1st floor)

 

 

SIMIEN ROOM

11:45 – 13:30

 

Session 7
Building Value, Brands and Export Strategies

 

Moderator: Mr. Finn Holm-Olsen – Director, East & Central Africa Trade Hub, USAID COMPETE Program

Speakers:

  • Michael Scherpe

Messe Frankfurt, France

Market, shows, strategies’

 

  • Skander Negasi

Trade and Fairs Consulting

Value through expos and road shows’

 

  • Dr. Elke Kaschl Mohni

DirectorGoethe Institute, Addis Ababa

‘Renaissance Fashion – An Initiative by Goethe Institute’

 

13:30 – 14:30

Lunch Break (Ballroom Patio) & Trade Expo (Lalibela Ballroom)

 

 

SEMINAR THEME IV: Green/Eco Manufacturing – The New Direction

 

This session will focus on the opportunities in the emerging niche sector and the different products and processes which are present but perhaps not taken advantage of. A key challenge that exists is finding the right mix of markets and buyers for the niche product needs, and the increasing importance of recognizing that the environment needs to be protected for future generations, to adjust our thought processes to produce finished products that meet the needs of modern society, and how to capitalize on this to create greater value for the people of Africa.

 

 

 

SIMIEN ROOM

DASHEN ROOM

14:30 – 16:30

Session 8

Niche Markets - Africa’s Potential

 

 

Moderator: Mr. Berhane Gebreyohannes Woldemariam - Chairman, Ethiopia Cotton Producers, Ginners and Exporters Association

 

Speakers:

 

  • Louis Gérin

Texworld & Apparel sourcing, France

Trends of Ethical Fashion

 

  • Mr. Mahesh Ramakrishnan

Arvind Mills, India

Investing in Fair Trade Cotton Production’

 

  • Dr. Ben Sekamatte (TBC)

GIZ, Uganda

Cotton Made in Africa – Case Study of Zambia’

 

 

 

Session 9
Investing in Carbon Footprint Mitigation and Green Energy

 

Moderator: Ms. Danielle Wong – Director, Mauritius Export Association

 

Speakers:

 

  • Prof. Godwell Nhamo

University of South Africa

Investing in carbon footprint mitigation and green energy within the Cotton Value Chain

 

  • Mr. Heinrich Schultz

Supply Chain Expert, South Africa

Supply Chain Engineering and the “Eco Fit” for the Global Market Place’

 

  • Mr. Beas Cheekooree, General Manager of FM Denim Ltd, Mauritius

What it Takes - The Mauritius Experience’

 

 

16:30 – 17:00

Coffee Break – Terrace (adjacent to seminar rooms, 1st floor)

 

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A “No Host” Evening, but……..Discover’ and have a taste of Addis Ababa, be it a dinner, jazz club, traditional/cultural location or other places of interest……..a guide list will be provided to assist in your selection

 

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 27 – SEMINAR SERIES, TRADE EXPO, FACTORY VISIT & CITY TOUR

 

08:30 – 14:30

 

Registration: Sheraton Hotel, Pre Function Area (near Lalibela Ballroom)

 

 

 

SEMINAR THEME V: Value addition and the Role of Design Development

 

Limited value addition in Africa is a major drawback in the competitiveness of the regional cotton, textile and apparel value chain. This session will focus on examining the status and opportunities across the regional value chain and the role of design and brand development in creating value for Africa

 

 

 

SEMINAR SESSIONS

 

 

SIMIEN ROOM

09:00 – 11:30

Session 10

Designers Seminar

 

Moderator: Ms. Linda Murithi - Director, Clairvoyant

 

Speakers:

  • Gregory Lamaud

Texworld & Apparel Sourcing, France

European Fashion Market

 

  • Dr. Elke Kaschl Mohni,

Director Goethe Institute Addis Ababa

Renaissance Fashion – A Initiative by Goethe Institute

 

  • Ms. Llenay Ferretti (USA)

Home Decor and Fashion Accessories Advisor, ECA Trade Hub

Integrating Design and Marketing’

 

 

11:30 – 12:00

Coffee Break – Terrace (adjacent to seminar rooms, 1st floor)

 

 

SIMIEN ROOM

 

12:00 – 13:00

 

Session 10 - Designers Seminar (extra time should this be needed)

 

 

13:00 – 14:30

Lunch Break (Ballroom Patio) & Trade Expo (Lalibela Ballroom)

 

14:30 – 18:00

 

 

 

14:30 – 17:00

 

 

Option 1 - Factory Visit

Ayka Addis Textile & Investment Group Plc – a very, very large vertically integrated textile manufacturer, covering spinning, knitting, dyeing, finishing and garment manufacturing

 

Option 2 - City Tour of Addis Ababa byopen top’ bus (space limited, please book through sign-up sheets on registration)

 

18:00

Return to Hotels & Close of Trade Expo – but please continue your ‘discovery’ of Addis Ababa

 

 

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