Breakout 1
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Saturday
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10:15 am
Aldrich 112
Culture

Navigating Global Fashion Markets with African Identity

The past few years has seen a renewed focus on African arts on the global stage: Afrobeats, Nollywood on global streaming platforms, African fashion being shown at various global fashion weeks and carried by global retailers. How can African brands leverage this momentum to build sustainable (economically and ethically) business models that enable their products to be accessible to local and global clientele and withstand the test of time? What are the opportunities to innovate across the value chain and what unique competitive advantages do we have on the continent? This panel will dive into these questions through the lens of various ecosystem stakeholders - designers, retailers, investors, manufacturers - at the forefront of innovating African fashion and bringing it to the global stage

Navigating Global Fashion Markets with African Identity

The past few years has seen a renewed focus on African arts on the global stage: Afrobeats, Nollywood on global streaming platforms, African fashion being shown at various global fashion weeks and carried by global retailers. How can African brands leverage this momentum to build sustainable (economically and ethically) business models that enable their products to be accessible to local and global clientele and withstand the test of time? What are the opportunities to innovate across the value chain and what unique competitive advantages do we have on the continent? This panel will dive into these questions through the lens of various ecosystem stakeholders - designers, retailers, investors, manufacturers - at the forefront of innovating African fashion and bringing it to the global stage

America/New_York
Feb 17, 2024 10:15 AM
Aldrich 112

Other Sessions

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Lunches
Saturday
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12:25 pm
Batten HIves 307
Thematic Lunch: Building the Startup/Entrepreneurship Ecosystem
Themed Networking Lunch
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Thematic Lunch: Building the Startup/Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

Connect with folks that are interested in and/or currently building Africa's startup/entrepreneurship ecosystem over lunch.

America/New_York
Feb 17, 2024 12:25 PM
Batten HIves 307
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Keynotes
Friday
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4:50 pm
Klarman Hall
One Africa, One Market - Repositioning Africa as the Largest Free Trade Area
Leverage the AfCFTA to enhance African global competitiveness and compete in the new global era
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One Africa, One Market - Repositioning Africa as the Largest Free Trade Area

According to the World Bank, The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) is poised to make Africa the largest trade area/zone in terms of market size, creating a market of 1.3 billion people across 55 countries and a combined GDP of approx. $3.4 Trillion. Many have posited it as a game change-changer with the potential to transform African economies and significantly raise Africa’s share of global trade and investment flows and shift the direction and composition of FDI to Africa, positioning the region as an increasingly dynamic force in the international arena. How can Africa leverage the AfCFTA to enhance its global competitiveness and compete in the new global era?

Come hear industry stalwarts take center stage to unravel the intricacies of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA). Against the backdrop of this historic agreement, the keynote will explore strategic visions, challenges, and opportunities presented by the AfCFTA as well as delve into the private sector's role in innovation, infrastructure development, and the imperative of collaborative efforts in repositioning Africa on the global economic stage.

America/New_York
Feb 16, 2024 4:50 PM
Klarman Hall
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Specials
Saturday
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9:00 am
Meredith Room, Spangler Hall
Showcase
Inaugural Brand Showcase
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Showcase

The inaugural showcase will spotlight artisanal talent from across the continent via art, fashion, and cultural artifacts. Join us to engage with our phenomenal partner brands and celebrate the rich tapestry of African creativity.

America/New_York
Feb 17, 2024 9:00 AM
Meredith Room, Spangler Hall