The conference will be held alongside the 8th Africa Sourcing and Fashion Week. The day-long event will bring together stakeholders across the organic textile value chain from Africa and the global community.
REGISTRATION (9:00 - 9:45)
Welcome Addresses (9:45 - 9:55): Claudia Kersten and Rahul Bhajekar; GOTS Managing Directors
Opening Address (9:55-10:00): Hermogene Nsengimana; Secretary General, African Organization for Standardization
SESSION 1 (10:00 - 11:00): Panel Discussion on Organic Fiber Production in Africa
This session will discuss organic fiber production in Africa and issues of quantity, quality, global best practices, and potential. The session will focus on the perspective of African producers.
• Mesele Mekuria; Deputy Director, Ethiopian Textile Industry Development Institute
• Nick Earlam; Chairman, Plexus Cotton
• Dr. Tadesse Amera; Director, Pesticide Action Nexus Ethiopia
• Simplice Davo Vadouhe; Coordinator, Benin Organization for the promotion of Organic Agriculture
Moderator: Jeffrey Thimm; GOTS Organic Production Specialist
Coffee Break (11:00 - 11:45)
SESSION 2 (11:45 - 13:15): Presentation and Q&A: GOTS – The King’s Road to Sustainable Textiles
Presenter: Muktar Dodo; GOTS Representative in Africa
This session will provide an overview on the GOTS system; organic fibers, ecological and social criteria, all processing stages, and verification process. Implementation of the standard and the credibility of the GOTS label will be discussed. Q&A will follow.
Networking Lunch (13:15 - 14:30)
SESSION 3 (14:30 - 16:00): Showcase: From Field to Fashion Africa – African Organic Textile Stories
Moderator: Herbert Ladwig; GOTS Former Managing Director
This session will showcase a line-up of GOTS certified products made in Africa to highlight the potential of a complete African value chain.
Coffee Break (16:00 - 16:30)
SESSION 4 (16:30 - 17:45): Panel Discussion: The Buyers View
Panelists will be representatives of global brands and buying houses. The session will discuss issues of sourcing, integrity, traceability, quality, and social accountability.
• Nicholas Allen; Patagonia, Spain
• Michaela Engst; Country Coordinator, Fashion Revolution Ethiopia
• Tameka Peoples; Founder/CEO Seed2Shirt, USA
Moderator: Franziska Dormann; GOTS Representative to Global Brands
Summing up and Closing (17:45 - 18:00)
Acceptance of all sponsorships ends 21st October,2022.
Please register for the conference, here!