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DHAK – Bangladesh, the world’s second largest clothing exporter, will stage the 37th World Fashion Convention in mid-November. The summit is being organised by the International Apparel Federation alongside the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and the Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA).

The decision to stage this event in a major fashion sourcing hub is a welcome one which other textile events organisers may learn from. Given that 90 per cent of carbon emissions from the fashion sector come from supply chains, it seems logical that suppliers are heavily represented in any talks around tackling such issues.

Registration for the event has now opened on a joint, dedicated convention website www.iafconventiondhaka.com. The Convention will contain a full day conference and a network dinner, both held on Tuesday November 15 as well as an industry tour held on Wednesday November 16 and/or Thursday November 17. 

The theme of the convention is Transforming Fashion Together. Said a press statement from the IAF: “The focus of the event will be on supply chain collaboration and together with the industry associations BGMEA and BKMEA, IAF is sending the message that the major challenges of our industry today can only realistically be met when there is true collaboration between buyers and their suppliers. Bangladesh, as the second largest garment exporting country in the world is the perfect venue to experience that garment manufacturers play a pivotal role in a successful industry transformation, forming a source of solutions to the industry’s current major problems.”

The IAF said that during the convention, there will be ongoing discussion about practical solutions to industry challenges such as digitalization, sustainability and more effective business models involving the entire supply chain. “This Convention will have a hands-on, business like and solution-oriented approach which distinguishes the IAF World Fashion Convention from many other conferences,” added a statement.

Previous speakers at IAF conventions have come from PVH, H&M, Hugo Boss, Desigual, Disney, VF, Zegna, Interloop, Adriano Goldschmied and Vivienne Westwood, as well as McKinsey, BCG, the ILO, the World Bank, the OECD and London College of Fashion. In addition, the events attract public authorities, NGOs and Academia. 


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