Africa Fashion Week Nigeria (AFWN) 2016 announces her first ever edition of the 'Textile and Garment Manufacturing Conference' on Friday 1st July 2016 at the Eko Hotels & Suites Lagos.

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The conference set to open the 'Connecting Africa' themed fashion week set to hold on 2nd-3rd July 2016 aims to boost job creation in the Nigerian fashion industry as well as redefine textile and garment production processes in Nigeria.

Themed 'Making Nigeria the Fashion Production Hub of Africa' the conference will host fashion entrepreneurs, development finance institutions, and textile industry groups among others.

Confirmed speakers at the conference include Mrs. Aisha Abubakar, Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment; Dr. Mustapha Abiodun Akinkunmi, Commissioner for Finance, Lagos State; Mr. Akintunde Oyebode, Executive Secretary, Lagos State Employment Trust Fund; Mrs Folake Oyemade, Managing Director of Sam and Sara and Mr. Dapo Adelegan, President, Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce.

The conference is a timely intervention focused on reviving textile and garment production in Nigeria thereby positioning home-grown fashion entrepreneurs for emerging opportunities in an increasingly globalised world. As Nigerian designers and fashion entrepreneurs gain increasing recognition across the world's fashion capital of New York, Paris for their genius, there is more than a compelling need for the local fashion production value chain to be strategically positioned to face the influx of global challengers.

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Other confirmed speakers at the conference includeMr. H. A. Kwajaffa, Director General, Nigeria Textile Garment and Tailoring Employers Association; Ms. Jennifer Anoyika, Director General, Nigerian-German Business Association; Miss Doris Onwugamba Managing Director, Manufacturing Resource Centre, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN); Dr. Peter Kondricz, Commercial Diplomat/First Secretary, Embassy of Hungary; Dr. Johannes Flosbach, Head of Performance Management Group, TGI Group, and Chioma Nwagboso, Advisor on Public Private Partnerships for GIZ (German International Cooperation).

The Nigerian-German Business Association (NGBA), a not-for-profit organisation comprising of over 400 Nigerian and German owned business enterprises, has been named as an institutional partner for the AFWN manufacturing conference. Other partnering institutions are the Bank of Industry (BOI) and the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC).

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“It is ironic that the textile manufacturing sector which played a major role in boosting the nation’s economy and accelerating her development pace is at an all-time low. This is why Africa Fashion Week Nigeria is bringing industry stakeholders together to deliberate and strategize on how to get the sector which once provided employment to millions of Nigerians fully operational again.” Founder, Africa Fashion Week Nigeria & London, Ronke Ademiluyi stated about the inaugural AFWN conference.