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AfDB training programme for African textile entrepreneurs
Oct '17
The African Development Bank (AfDB) and its partners have launched a specialized training programme for entrepreneurs and start-ups in the textile, apparel and accessories (TA&A) sector in Africa. The training is part of AfDB’s ‘Fashionomics Africa’ initiative aimed at increasing Africa’s participation in the global textile industry supply chain.

The project phase kicked off in Addis Ababa on October 4 in partnership with the Hub of Africa Fashion Week (HAFW) 2017 event and global non-governmental organisation Hivos International, according to an AfDB press release.

This initial phase targeted the Ethiopian Fashion Designers Association (FDA) as well as designers, fashion entrepreneurs and students attending the HAFW. Sixty-four out of the 95 participants were women.

Other sessions will also take place in Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, and Côte d’Ivoire.

The aim is to prove that successful African TA&A entrepreneurs can compete on the world stage if offered the right investment, resources and training, said Basil Jones, gender programme and policy lead coordinator at AfDB.

Through Fashionomics Africa, the African Development Bank aims to support the growth of the African textile and fashion sectors. (DS)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India

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