Another trade show highlighting the potential benefits of Africa as a sourcing destination for apparel and textiles is taking place in November.

The Destination Africa event being held in Egypt will include an exhibition and conference, with the goal of linking manufacturers, suppliers, investors and buyers in Africa.

For visitors, it also hopes to provide major US and EU buyers and decision makers with the opportunity to explore the capability of Africa in one place.

Exporters from Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, South Africa, Mauritius, Madagascar, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Burkina Faso will showcase yarns and fabrics, accessories and ancillaries, as well as woven and knitted garments for men, women and children.

The conference will include sessions on 'Africa is ready to take off, 'Ethical and sustainable textile industry,' Cotton in Africa,' and 'The role of FDI in Production Transformation.'

Denham Greig, director of product supply for the African Continent at VF Corporation, will look at the challenges facing Africa in building a developed textile industry;

Gail Strickler, senior advisor at Black Ivy Group and ex- assistant US trade representative for textiles and apparel, will discuss the importance of duty free access to EU & US markets; and

An overview on the development efforts of the textile sector in Africa will come from Dr Medhat El-Helepi, economic affairs officer at the United Nations Economic Commission For Africa (UNECA).

Destination Africa takes place on 11-12 November at the Nile Ritz Carlton Hotel in Cairo, and is supported by the Egyptian Ready Made Garments Export Council, the Textile Export Council, Egypt Expo & Convention Authority & Egypt National Council of Textiles and organised by the Egyptian Exporters Association, ExpoLink.

Also taking place in November is Origin Africa 2016, which is heading to Madagascar for the first time on 2-5 November. This even features fabric, garment and machinery makers, seminars, pre-arranged business to business meetings, and discussions on topics such as the benefits of preferential trade agreements, the development of regional trading blocs, and the investment conditions helping to make Africa 'The next major sourcing destination.'

Madagascar to host Origin Africa sourcing show