Why attend as Buyer?
What does West Africa Connect offer?
- More than 100 selected textile and garments suppliers and ICT service providers from 16 countries.
- Access to exhibitors’ digital profiles.
- Source the entire global supply chain in a range of categories, including: apparel, accessories, fabric and trim, prints and packaging, denim, home accessories, sustainable alternatives, and private/white label.
- Conduct BtoB meetings with suitable representatives of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) from the textiles and garments and ICT value chain that you choose.
Global retail brands manufacturing in Africa
Several international retail brands have chosen African countries for the location of their production facilities:
Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Côte D’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo.
Africa is the world’s fastest growing region according to weforum.org. This land of inspiration has a young population and offers:
- Growing returning diaspora community.
- Untapped consumer spending potential.
- Duty-free benefits for the USA, EU and China.
- Key investment opportunities – right now, Africa offers the best return-on-investment in the world and it is projected to stay on top until at least 2025.
Why textiles from Africa?
Explore a fusion of African traditional textile techniques and new contemporary designs.
- There is an increasing consumer demand for traceability in the fashion and textile industries. Working with upcoming designers and MSMEs allows you to reduce intermediary costs and ensure greater transparency along the supply chain.
- Brands that source in Africa meet their sustainability objectives, by buying African durable and eco-friendly products.
- As costs rise in Asia, Africa offers brands long-term advantages and duty-free benefits with the USA, Europe and China.
- Benefit from custom-made, unique fabric and garments made from local raw materials from emerging designers.
Why technology from Africa?
- Local solutions specifically crafted to local problems, taking into count digitization levels, local consumer behaviour and connectivity.
- Transformative sector with technology solutions speeding processes and improving productivity with products adapted to the textile companies such as payment solutions and enterprise resource management to support their business development.
- Thriving technology ecosystem attracting growing foreign investment from Venture Capitals.
- Favourable time zones within ECOWAS and to Europe.