Program

Gain valuable insight with the West Africa Connect program

West Africa Connect will be a host to a large number of events. Top experts will share their knowledge about the current issues and trends in the textiles and garments industry. They will also be present for discussions and debates on innovative solutions.

Day 1 – Time (GMT)
09:00-10:00 Opening Ceremony West Africa Connect

Speakers:

  • Mr. Mamadou Traoré
    Commissioner for Industry and Private Sector Promotion, Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
  • Ms. Inga Stefanowicz
    Head of Section, Green and Digital Economy – EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS
  • Mr. Rafik Feki
    Industrial Development Officer, Department of Digitalization, Technology and Innovation – United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
  • Mr. Yared Befecadu
    Programme Manager WACOMP – International Trade Centre (ITC)

Moderator: 
Ms. Valeria Escudero
Globally Cool

 

10:00-10:45 One-on-one B2B Meetings
10:45-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-11:45 Webinar 1:
“Trends for the fall winter 2023 season, Inspirations, Consumer portrait, Aesthetic drivers, Color ranges, Product inspirations / prints / added values”

Speaker:
Mrs. Catherine Basquin
Nelly Rodi

Moderator:
Mrs. Valeria Escudero
Globally Cool

One-on-one B2B Meetings
11:45-12:30 One-on-one B2B Meetings
12:30-13:15 Webinar 2:
“The role of digitalization and innovation in building a competitive and sustainable textile and garments value chain in West Africa”

Speaker:

  • Mr. Marco Kamiya, Chief, Innovation and Digitalization Division – United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
  • Mr. Kamel Hendaoui, Director, Industrial Upgrading Office of the Ministry of Industry of Tunisia
  • Mr. Ramzi Tebai, International Textile Expert
  • Mr. Mohsen Missaoui, Director, Textile Technical Center (CETTEX) of the Ministry of Industry of Tunisiav

Moderator:

  • Mr. Rafik Feki
    Industrial Development Officer, Department of Digitalization, Technology and Innovation – United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
One-on-one B2B Meetings
13:45-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-14:45 Webinar 3:
“Making a case for the integration of fair trade into the textile value chain in West Africa”

Speaker: 
Mr. Bernard Outah
Regional Director World Fair Trade

Moderator:
Mrs. Valeria Escudero
Globally Cool

One-on-one B2B Meetings
14:45-15:30 One-on-one B2B Meetings
15:30-16:15 Webinar 4:
“The use of e-commerce in the textile and garments supply chain”

“Success stories of African Textiles and Garments on E-commerce platforms”

Speaker: 
Mrs. Fatou Diagne
Fashionomics African Development Bank

“How to boost SME e-commerce sales through digital channels? ”

Speaker:
Mrs. Sarah Carroll
Founder – Grow Global

Moderator:
Mr. Bastien Chesnoy
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

One-on-one B2B Meetings
16:15-17:00 One-on-one B2B Meetings
17:00-18:30 Webinar 5:
“Identifying investment opportunities in the Textile/Apparel and ICT sectors in West Africa – Introducing the ECOWAS Regional Investment Profiles: a tool for investors”

Speaker: 
Mr. Jose Martins
Representative of Cabo Verde TradeInvest in Northern Europe

Moderators:

  • Mr. Yvan Rwananga
    Trade Policy Consultant, International Trade Centre (ITC)
  • Mrs. Devika Rajeev
    Associate Programme Officer, International Trade Centre (ITC)
  • Mrs. Fabiana Fong
    Trade in Services Consultant, International Trade Centre (ITC)
One-on-one B2B Meetings
One-on-one B2B Meetings

 

Day 2 – Time (GMT)
08:30-09:15 One-on-one B2B Meetings
09:15-10:00 One-on-one B2B Meetings
10:00-10:45

Webinar 6:
“Exporting from Africa to the world – an inspirational look at what it takes to successfully develop, produce and export products to international markets”

Speaker:
Mr. Mark Kwami
Design Consult

Moderator:
Mrs. Valeria Escudero
Globally Cool

One-on-one B2B Meetings
10:45-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-11:45

Webinar 7:
“Fireside chat -The Impact of Covid-19 on Digitalization in West Africa: Focus on the Fashion and Home Decor sector”

Speakers: 

  • Mr. Tsonam Akpeloo
    Greater Accra Chairman of Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) & CEO – Suku Technologies
  • Mrs. Yoanna Chikezie
    The Assembly Hub founder

Moderator:
Mr. Martin Labbé
Tech Sector Development Coordinator, International Trade Centre (ITC)

One-on-one B2B Meetings
11:45-12:30 One-on-one B2B Meetings
12:30-13:15

Webinar 8:
“Textile Industry approach towards sustainability”

“Challenges & Opportunities in the West African Textile Industry”

Speaker:
Mrs. Fiona Coyne
Former Sourcing Director & CSR – VLISCO GROUP

“Inspirational Innovation for a Planet Positive Future”

Speaker:
Mrs. Clara Brook
Project Manager H&M Foundation

Moderator: 
Mrs. Zubeida Zwavel
Executive Director of Centre for African Resource Efficiency and Sustainability (CARES)

One-on-one B2B Meetings
13:15-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-14:45

Webinar 9:
“Inspiring future for the textile industry”

“Trends, product inspiration, innovative fashion design: the case study of Armenia”

Speaker:
Saten Khoshoyan
Deputy CEO, Satenkar llc (Armenia)

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“The road ahead, forecasts and scenarios for the West African Textile and Garments industry”

Speaker:
Mrs. Jacqueline Brown
Africa Fashion Guide

Moderator:
Mrs. Valeria Escudero
Globally Cool

One-on-one B2B Meetings
14:45-14:30 One-on-one B2B Meetings
15:30-16:15 One-on-one B2B Meetings
16:15-17:00 One-on-one B2B Meetings
17:00-17:45

Webinar 10:
“Fashion entrepreneurship in West Africa and market opportunities for MSMEs, artisans and their communities”

“Fashion Entrepreneurship in West Africa: Branding and Intellectual Property Right”

Speaker:
Mrs. Jennifer Williams-Baffoe
Central Saint Martins and London College of Fashion – Lecturer-Willbaforce Academy

“Exporting in USA Market for Global handmade businesses and small batch products: The Top market trends and competitive advantage for West Africa MSMEs”

Speaker:
Mrs. Karen Gibbs
ByHand Consulting

“Unearthing the long-term needs of West African artisans and their communities;”

Speaker:
Mr. Aboubakar FOFANA
Indigo Dyer, Artist and Textile Designer from Mali

Moderator: 
Mrs. Haram Sidibe
International Trade Centre (ITC)

One-on-one B2B Meetings
18:00-18:30

Closing Ceremony West Africa Connect

Speakers:

  • Mr. Mamadou Traoré
    Commissioner for Industry and Private Sector Promotion, Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
  • Mr. Rafik Feki
    Industrial Development Officer, Department of Digitalization, Technology and Innovation – United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
  • Mr. Yared Befecadu
    Programme Manager WACOMP – International Trade Centre (ITC)

Moderator: 
Ms. Valeria Escudero
Globally Cool

 

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