LUNEDI’ 2 LUGLIO 2018/MONDAY 2 JULY 2018
(Ore 10.30 – 13. 00/10.30 – 13.00 hrs)
Torino Incontra, Centro Congressi
Via Nino Costa 8 – Torino
South African Textile Sector: A Bright Future and Open for Investment
Since 2010, the South African textile, clothing, leather and footwear sector has experienced a resurgence after almost being brought to its knees by an influx of cheaper imports. The revival of the sector is linked to the introduction of the Government’s Clothing & Textiles Competitiveness Program (CTCP), and focus of the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) which has given local industry players a much-needed platform from which to launch a competitive sector.
The sector has significant potential for job creation, not only at factory level, but also in the downstream value chain where small-scale farmers supply processed input materials such as cashmere (from indigenous goat wool), sheep wool, wild silk and cotton.
The industry is unique in many ways, one of which being that four out of five workers are women. Additionally, a major challenge is the inability to compete with countries such as China, India and Vietnam which are able to produce much cheaper goods. Participating in the sector requires not just capital, but requisite skills and research capabilities.
The South African Government has released its 10th Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP), with a sharp focus on deepening industrial development, speeding up radical economic transformation, and increasing the ability to produce value-added products. The revival of the clothing and textiles sector is an integral part of this Plan.
As part of this strategy, a delegation of over 20 emerging South African designers are participating at the Torino Fashion Week 2018 to find new markets, expose their brands and talent, and meet potential partners to improve and innovate their manufacturing skills and take the South African fashion industry forward.
The conference will provide a platform for discussions between the speakers, the South African designers and representatives of the Italian textile industry.
For registration: MUttaro@thedti.gov.za
10.30 WELCOME COFFEE / WELCOME COFFEE
Arrivo e registrazione / Arrival and registration
Moderatore / Moderator
Centro Piemontese di Studi Africani
Mr. Federico Daneo, Director
11:00 Benvenuto ed apertura dei lavori / Welcome and opening remarks
Consulate-General of the Republic of South Africa in Milan
Ms TSD Nxumalo, Consul-General
Avv. Paolo Bertolino, Secretary General
11:30 Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA)
Ms Mandisa Tshikwatamba, CEO
Opportunità per le aziende italiane nell’industria tessile sudafricana/Opportunities for Italian companies in South Africa’s textile industry
11:50 Distretto Tessile Biella – In attesa di conferma/TBC
Il distretto tessile biellese e l’importanza dell’innovazione/The Biella textile cluster and the importance of innovation
12:10 Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA)
Ms Lebogang Maleka, Specialist: Programme Implementation
Introduzione degli stilisti emergent sudafricani al Torino Fashion Festival/Introduction of the South African designers at the Torino Fashion Festival
12.30 Q&A / Q&A
13.00 Colazione Buffet-Networking fra i partecipanti / Finger Lunch-Networking among participants
La conferenza è in lingua inglese senza traduzione / The language of the conference is English without translation.