Africa’s main textile, apparel trade show kicks off in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA, Oct. 5 — Africa’s main trade show for cotton,
textile, apparel, home and technology industries kicked off in Ethiopia’s
capital Addis Ababa on Tuesday.

The African Sourcing and Fashion Week, which will last toward Friday, has
gathered some 230 international producers and exporters from 25 countries,
the organizers Trade and Fairs East Africa and Messe Frankfurt indicated
Tuesday. Among the variety of products showcased at the trade show include
apparel fabrics, leather goods, fashion and fashionable accessories. Home
and household textile providers are also among exhibitors as part of the
event. According to the organizers, the exhibitors are drawn from countries
such as Turkey, the United Arabic Emirates, Tanzania, Sri Lanka,
Bangladesh, India, Italy, Germany and the host nation Ethiopia.

The 4-day event, as part of its opening day program, evaluated Ethiopia’s
Hawassa industrial park, in which panelists indicated the industrial zone
as a “model of sustainability” in Africa’s textile and garment industry
sector. Digital sourcing was also major discussion topic during the event
as a new sourcing opportunity for the African continent and beyond.
According to the Ethiopian Ministry of Industry, Ethiopia has earned close
to 90 million U.S. dollars from the textile and garment sector during the
just concluded Ethiopian 2016/2017 fiscal year, largely from industries
installed in newly built industrial parks across the country such as the
Chinese-built Hawassa industrial park.The textile and garment industry
sector, which represents the lion’s share of Ethiopia’s growing
manufacturing sector, has been given due emphasis in Ethiopia’s second
five-year Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP-II), due effective from 2015
to 2020. – XINHUA