Bottom Up! Ethiopia Trade Mission

We invite people from the fashion and textiles industry to travel with us to Ethiopia between 31 October and 3 November 2022 and meet with representatives of garment factories, sector organisations, cotton farms and specialists in their growing textile industry.

The Ethiopian Textile Industry

In recent years Ethiopia has been at the centre of the discussion around the future of apparel manufacture and the wider textile industry, and with good reason. With a youthful population of 110 million, rapid economic development, low labour costs and promising trade links with the EU, Ethiopia has seemed like a potential new garment hub for major international companies. Household names such H&M, Asda, Levi’s, Under Armour and Decathlon have sourced from Ethiopia in recent years, while many companies, like DBL, Hirdaramani, Arvind and Kanoria have set up factories to meet this demand. There are also several 100% Ethiopian-owned factories, experienced in export of garments and (household) textiles.

However, Ethiopia also faces many challenges, including issues around workers rights and living income, the environment and the tragic outbreak of conflict in recent years.

Ethiopia faces challenges, but the Bottom Up! programme partners believe that with the right support, Ethiopia can become not just a successful part of the global supply chain, but a new sustainable textile hub. And we want to introduce you the companies that are making that happen.

Join the Bottom Up! Trade Mission 31 October and 3 November 2022

Are you a representative of a textile brand or retailer interested in exploring sustainable business opportunities in Ethiopia? Do you have a particular interest in sustainable production? Travel with us and meet with representatives of garment factories, sector organisations, cotton farms and specialists on the forefront of a new sustainable textiles hub! Join our trade mission to see a new way forward on textiles, all the while enjoying delicious Ethiopian coffee and sampling their local cuisine, injera.

Participation includes a complementary pass to attend the 8th Africa Sourcing and Fashion Week taking place in Addis between 4-7 November 2022.

When: 31 October to 3 November 2022

Where: The Trade Mission will take place in and around Addis, visiting factories such as Kanoria, a sustainable denim operation, Etur who specialize in pollution free re-generated fibers, re-generated yarns and circular knitted fabrics and garments, and Desta, an independent family-run garment factory specialized in knitting, cutting, sewing and finishing.

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Bottom UP! Ethiopia is funded by the EU and was developed as a collaboration between the Danish Ethical Trading Initiative, MVO Nederland and the Solidaridad Network.

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