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Fiber to Fashion 2011 - Mauritius : A Platform for Business

16 - 18 March 2011, Mauritius

Conference Program

Program  |  Presentations  |  Travel Info

15:00 – 17:30 Registration: Intercontinental Hotel Hibiscus Ballroom Foyer
19:00 – 20:30 Welcome Reception at the Maritim Hotel, Beachside Gazebo
Dress: Casual
07:30 – 17:45 Registration: Intercontinental Hotel Hibiscus Ballroom Foyer
09:00 – 09:45 Welcome and Opening – Hibiscus Ballroom

This session welcomes participants by the co- hosts, informs participants about the concept behind Origin Africa, raising awareness about Africa as a sourcing destination for the supply of cotton, textile products, fabrics and clothing, as well as a special welcome from the Government of Mauritius
Speakers: Mr Mukesh Gopal, Chairman, Mauritius Export Association (MEXA)
  Rajeev Arora, Executive Director, African Cotton & Textile Industries Federation (ACTIF)
  Stephen Walls, Chief of Party, USAID Competitiveness & Trade Expansion (COMPETE) Program , Kenya
  Mr. Amédée Darga, Chairman, Enterprise Mauritius, Mauritius
  Mary Jo Wills, Ambassador, US Embassy, Mauritius
  Hon Arvind Boolell, Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Cooperation
09:45 – 11:00 SESSION 1
Sustainability, the Neo Consumer & the Eco Environment - Hibiscus Ballroom

Learn about global and regional initiatives on key sustainability developments and strategies across the cotton, textile and clothing supply chain, future trends and consumer expectations
Speakers       Chris Sarette, Invisible Children, USA
  Steve Jeseph, WRAP, USA
  Benoit Schmitt, Rexizon C.E., Mauritius
  Mr. V. Zaffalon, Flainox SRL, Italy
  Matthias Knappe, International Trade Center, Switzerland

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break – Beachside, Hibiscus Ballroom
11:30 – 13:00 SESSION 2
New Product Developments & Innovation along the CTA Value Chain
- Hibiscus Ballroom

In this session we will look at new products, cotton fabric and fiber technology developments, innovations in application & design, and future trends. Followed by questions and answers
Speakers     Marsha Powell, Cotton Inc., & Cotton Intl., USA
  Ronald Hughes, Glodina, South Africa
  Eddy Yeung, Fernery Spinning Mills, Mauritius
  Dr. Jaquelene Robeck, College of the Arts, University of Louisiana, USA

13:00 – 14:15 Lunch break – Senso Restaurant
14:15 – 15:30 SESSION 3
Integrating Design & Marketing
- Hibiscus Ballroom (the audience of this session will include students from the University of Mauritius and other Colleges)

This session will feature presentations on the US market for apparel and home décor, and will include discussion on the different retail channels, brands, categories of products exported. It will include useful strategies to tailor products to buyers and markets, and how African exporters can gain a market edge by including design in their offers.

Speakers    Marsha Powell, Cotton Inc & Cotton Council Int., USA
  Chad Schofield, Three Global, USA
  Mazava Ltd, Mauritius
  Dr. Karen Steen, Cazenovia College, NY, USA
Moderator JC Mazingue, USAID COMPETE

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break – Beachside, Hibiscus Ballroom
16:00 – 17:00 SESSION 4
The Fiber Market: Where is it going & What is the Future
- Hibiscus Ballroom

A reality check on the structure of the world cotton trade, current price volatility and uncertainty, and the importance of cotton in the market going forward
Speakers   Marsha Powell, Cotton Council Int, & Cotton Inc, USA
  Peter Salcedo, Plexus, UK

19:00 – 22:00 Graphic Designer Showcase & Cocktail – Segala Beach, Intercontinental Hotel Resort

This beach located event will showcase graphic designs from across Africa that can be applied to textile fabrics, with a cotton emphasis. This unique event will showcase designs emerging from slums & city streets, to studios, and will capture the innovative and creative talent of Africa.
Dress: Casual
09:00 – 09:10 Welcome and Overview – Intercontinental Hotel Hibiscus Ballroom
09:10 – 10:30 SESSION 5
Finance: New Tools and Innovation
- Hibiscus Ballroom

This session will cover new tools & innovations in financial instruments, including effective & cost-effective trade credit insurance facilities now available in Africa; political risk cover; equipment purchasing finance; and purchase order/value chain financing.
Speakers    Mrs Ariane Ramar-Sujeewon, ADG Brokers & COFACE, Mauritius & France
  State Investment Corporation, Mauritius
  Michael Gold, Crimson Capital, USA
  Ng Tseung Jean Michel, MCB, Mauritius
  Joseph Bosco, GBOT, Mauritius
Moderator Mr. Afsar Ebrahim, BDO Mauritius

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break – Beachside, Hibiscus Ballroom
11:00 – 12:30 SESSION 6
Buyer/Sellers Platform
- Hibiscus Ballroom

An Interactive session on what the global and regional market is looking for, what are the key aspects needed for doing business with Africa, and what the "Friends of Africa" initiative is doing to increase trade opportunities with Africa, and to change perceptions. Followed by questions and answers
Speakers   Mazava Ltd, Mauritius
  George Schmidt, The ORVIS Group, USA
  Nicholas Moreno, Redcats/Gucci, USA
  Kassaye Mekuria, ETGAMA, Ethiopia
  Caroline Sack Kendem, Ken Atlantic, Cameroon
  Karalynn Sprouse, MAGIC, USA
Moderator JC Mazingue, USAID COMPETE, Kenya

12:30 – 14:30 Lunch break – Senso Restaurant
12:30 Depart Intercontinental Hotel for Factory Visits
12:30 – 16:30 Factory Visits
Eco friendly and state-of-the-art , vertically integrated factories
Factory 1 – Esquel Group
Factory 2 – RT Knits
18:30 – 23:00 Designer Showcase and Dinner – Balaclava Fort Ruins, Maritim Hotel

Located at the historic Balaclava Fort Ruins, this dinner event will showcase the talents of 14 designers from across Africa, featuring countries in Eastern and Southern Africa, the Indian Ocean Islands, West Africa and Egypt. Designs will be created with commercial appeal and African flair, using cotton and other raw materials & accessories sourced from the continent. It will also introduce the promising design talent of 3 student designers from Mauritius

Keynote Speech: The Hon. S.Soodhun, Minister of Industry and Commerce

Dress: Smart (it will likely be hot & humid)
Special Thanks to our Partners