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Venue: Intercontinental Resort, Balaclava



We are pleased to present our DRAFT Conference Program, but draw your attention to the possibility that topics and timings may change as we continue to secure and finalise the support of the highest calibre speakers and moderators.  Please keep checking for updates.


Monday 25th September

08:15 Registration Opens



09:15 - 09:45
The World of Cotton - Setting the Stage
An overview of the world cotton markets, highlighting the important statistics likely to affect supply, price, opportunities and threats.
  Speaker : Marsha Powell  - Cotton Council International

Marsha Powell from Cotton Incorporated

09:45 - 11:15 African Cotton Production
Multiple factors affect the yield, profitability and sustainability of cotton,an important cash-crop for predominantly small-holder farmers and a significant export commodity for many African countries. This session explores technologies, shares study results and highlights best practices that facilitate improved yield and/or profitability for cotton producers.
  Introduction and Moderation: Wolfgang Bertenbreiter – GiZ/COMPACI
  Dominique Dessauw:  Cotton Seed Breeding and Varieties
  Gerald Estur:  The Impact of Agronomy Practices on Yield
  Michael Jenrich:  Quantifying the Value of Extension Services

11:15 - 11:45


11:45 - 13:00 Certification - Enhancement or Overhead
Requirements for improved working conditions and reduced environmental impact drive demand for increased transparency throughout the fibre to fashion pipeline resulting in a plethora ofstandards and certifications.  The panel explores whether standards and certifications through the pipeline enhance productivity and profitability or add to overhead costs and disruption.  Do standards and certifications help producers become more marketable, do they protect brands, retailers and producers from unintentional contraventions and if so what are the implications of such contraventions?  The panel will also be asked to propose ideas to mitigate “audit fatigue” - the inconvenience and cost of multiple audits - and to outline their vision for the future and how such standards and certifications will integrate in the new technology driven marketplace
  Introduction and Moderation : Matthijs Crietee, Secretary General IAF
  Speakers :
  Clay Hickson – WRAP / Social Convergence Project
  Adrian Meili – TESTEX / STeP by OEKO-TEX®
  Romain Deveze – Better Cotton Initiative
13:00 - 14:30
14:30 - 15:00 Navigating Trade & Development in a Politically Changing Climate
This panel explores opportunities, challenges and the need and method for engagement as regional and international trade policies develop.
  Speakers :
  Jaswinder Bedi – President ITMF, Chairman ACTIF
15:00 – 16:30 Invest Africa
This  session highlights investment opportunities and incentives in specific Africa countries.
Country Presentations
Lesotho - Phomotso Sematlane - LNDC
Tanzania – Stephen Ramsey, Gatsby Trust
Nigeria – t.b.c.
Mauritius – Nirmala Jeetah - BOI
Uganda – Susan Muhwezi
Moderator : Arvind Radhakrishna  CEO Enterprise Mauritius

Tuesday 26th September

08:15 Registration Opens



09:00 - 09:30
International Textile and Apparel Markets - Setting the Stage
An overview of the world textile and apparel markets, highlighting the important statistics likely to affect supply, price, opportunities and threats.
  Speakers :
  International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF) : Christian Schindler - Director General
  International Apparel Federation (IAF) : Matthijs Crietee- Secretary General
09:30 - 11:00 Industry 4.0 - The "Smart Factory"
As technology disrupts traditional consumer expectations and purchasing patterns, only  an engaged, flexible, nimble and transparent supply chain can meet the continually adapting requirements of brands and retailers.   Harnessing the right technology at the right time and throughout the supply chain is an essential element to the survival of existing facilities and a critical foundation for the development of new ones.  Senior executives from both factories and technology providers discuss their visions for the future of textile and apparel manufacturing, the importance of and how to select  and implement appropriate technologies and systems.
  Introduction and Moderation : Professor Satyadev Rosunee
  Speakers :
  Yvonne Heinen, Gerber Technology, Marketing & Communication Director EMEA
  Joachim Hensch :  Managing Director, Hugo Boss Textile Industries, Ltd
  Sanem Dikmen : Chief Executive Officer, ETF Turkey

11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 12:00 Innovative 2D + 3D CAD Tools for a Competitive Product Development in Clothing Industry
Une Tour d’Horizon -   State of the Art and Future Prospects
12:00  - 12:30 Make it Sew
3D Virtual Prototyping with AccuMark 3D – demonstration
  Speaker :
  Vera Marien – Gerber Technology

12:30 - 12:45


12:45 - 14:15
14:15 - 15:00 Printing the Future
  Speakers :
  Denise Hohlrieder VP Sales / Marketing at Aeoon Technologies
  Mehdi  Berrada Baby – Saga Digital

15:00 – 15:30 Make it Happen
Collaboration and Technologies Beyond all Borders
  Speaker :
  Silvia Schöning- IACDE

15:30 - 16:30

Closing Plenary Panel 
Expert speakers and moderators review highlights of the past 2 days and identify the most important “take-homes”. The “Chat Show” format encourages debate between panelists and provides for delegate engagement.