The 6th edition of “Destination Africa 2022” for the textile industries in Egypt
Tuesday، 22 November 2022 - 02:20 PM
Public Business Sector Minister Mahmoud Esmat inaugurated the 6th edition of the annual international pan-African event “Destination Africa 2022” for the textile industries in Egypt, which is held during the period November 19-20, 2022.
The two-day event is organized by the Egyptian Exporters Association – ExpoLink (EEA) in cooperation with Apparel Export Council of Egypt in addition to Egypt Textiles and Home Textiles Export Council (THTEC) and Egypt Expo and Convention Authority.
The event witnesses the participation of more than 150 international buyers and representatives of 80 various popular international brands.
Destination Africa is an annual international pan-African B2B sourcing event for the textile industries in Egypt. It brings together the African Textile, Apparel, and Home Textiles manufacturers in ONE place with the international buyers to strengthen the business opportunities and trade activities on a global level.
During the opening ceremony, Public Business Sector Minister Mahmoud Esmat said that his ministry has outlined a plan to improve the textile industry sector in Egypt, tap new markets and increase exports.
The minister clarified that the development plan covers all stages of textile production, starting from the cultivation of cotton and the whole manufacturing process up to making the end product, noting the importance of catching up with the global developments regarding professional marketing.
During the event, Esmat met with representatives of major local manufacturers, international buyers and officials from the African Cotton and Textile Industries Federation (ACTIF), highlighting the importance of enhancing cooperation between Egypt and African countries and promoting Egyptian products in markets across the continent.
On the sidelines of the event, Chairperson of the Readymade Garments Export Council of Egypt (RMGEC) Mary Lewis said the sector's exports increased by 29% during the period from January to September 2022 to record dlrs 1.91 billion, compared to dlrs 1.47 billion during the same period last year.
Lewis expected that the exports will surpass dlrs 2.1 billion by the end of this year.
She added that with the fading of COVID's damaging effect, the exports started to witness increase to register dlrs 2.08 billion in 2021.
Talking about Destination Africa, Lewis said that this fair represents a perfect opportunity to draw attention to the progress made so far in the national industry of ready-made garments.
She noted that more than 150 local and global companies are taking part in the fair, which will run until November 20.