We’re pleased to confirm that Sapelle’s CEO Daphne Kasambala will be a speaker at The Fashion Africa Conference on 25th and 26th May, 2017. The event, which brings together key players and stakeholders in the African apparel industry, will carry the theme “AFRICA, FASHION’S FUTURE”, and run over two days at Chelsea Town Hall.
The event is hosted by the social Enterprise Africa Fashion Guide which was founded by Jacqueline Shaw in 2011, at a time when African fashion and Made in Africa products were breaking into mainstream consciousness, and it has continued to grow in importance and scale since then. The theme of the conference reflects the general sentiment in the sector where players are looking for ways to scale up and consolidate their activities and gain a stronger foothold on the global stage.
“The artisan craft sector is the second largest employer in the developing world. In the next five years, Africa’s textile industry could generate up to $15.5 billion revenue according to The African Development Bank. Within Africa, the entire textile/clothing market is already worth more than $31 billion and accounts for the second largest number of jobs in developing countries after agriculture. As it has been stressed, Africa will rise not by charity or aid but through investment and trade. So the time to invest is now, and a strong garment manufacturing sector is key to Africa’s development.” – Jacqueline Shaw, Founder of The Africa Fashion Guide and The Fashion Africa Conference.
Daphne Kasambala has been a speaker at the conference for several years, saying, “It’s always an honour to be invited to participate in this essential event which allows parties from different parts of the supply chain to come together, share, impart, inspire, learn and make connections. Doing business in Africa has its unique challenges, therefore hearing about how others are overcoming them is necessary if we are to grow individually and together as a sector. The saying that there’s strength is definitely one which we should action as African apparel producers”
The conference seeks to highlight the scope of opportunities across the continent. The power and value of opening up African Fashion to global markets is paramount to the economic development of the continent.
Other confirmed speakers include Simone Cipriani of Ethical Fashion Intiative, Laduma Ngxokolo of Maxhosa, Tamsin Lejuene of Ethical Fashion Forum, Orsola Castro of Fashion Revolution Day, Inge Wallace of Fashion For Good (on behalf of the C & A Foundation), and Lance Clark with Dulma Clark of Soul of Africa, and more.