Highlights – Launch of the Pan-African fashion Initiative

Thank you to everyone who joined us yesterday for a day that was rich in terms of debates and proposals! A quick overview of what we discussed:

How to take advantage of traditional know-how to create a new storytelling around made-in-Africa clothing? What priority actions should be launched to allow African designers to export better, more widely and quickly? How to protect African creations, and what are the challenges in terms of intellectual and industrial property? Energy, textile industrial parks, export routes, logistics systems – which infrastructure projects should be given priority to advance the textile industry? Should we develop African certification systems in addition to helping producers of raw materials, clothing, cosmetics and accessories to meet international standards? How to protect the African textile industry and help it to structure itself? What initiatives, like the African Mosaique incubator launched by former model Anna Getaneh in Ethiopia which offers young designers free trainings to help them produce better, deserve to be replicated elsewhere on the continent?

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