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The IAF World Fashion Convention, co-organised with the Bangladeshi industry associations BGMEA and BKMEA aims to highlight the importance of supply chain collaboration for building a stronger and more sustainable apparel industry.

The convention will be held on 14 November, 2022 at the Radisson Blu Water Garden, the conference hotel in Dhaka, Bangladesh and the theme this year is ‘Transforming Fashion Together’.

The conference, which sits in the middle of Made in Bangladesh week will focus on the solutions to the imminent challenges facing the apparel industry, such as:

  • Supply chain collaboration
  • Purchasing practices
  • Climate action
  • Education and digitalization
  • Raw material recycling and availability.

The International Apparel Federation (IAF) said: “IAF Conventions always highlight the importance of supply chain collaboration as the only path to a stronger and more sustainable industry. Bangladesh, having grown to be the second largest exporters of garments is the perfect location to show what the active involvement of manufacturers in the development of industry solutions really means in practice.”

The speakers at the conference will include IAF partners, members and projects such as the Apparel Impact Institute (Aii), the STTI, EURATEX, London College of Fashion along with brands and retailers.

Every panel at the conference will feature brands and retailers, manufacturers and experts.

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The panel on purchasing practices and supply chain resilience and collaboration, for example will feature industry expert John Thorbeck; Miran Ali, BGMEA vice President, STTI spokesperson and managing director of the Bitopi Group.

The panel on climate action will feature Tamara Wulf of the Apparel Impact Institute (Aii), Christopher Veit, CEO of Veit, expert Dr Sivas Pariti and Suhjaat Ali, senior managing director at Target Sourcing Services.

The IAF pointed out the event itself and a gala dinner in the evening will offer lots of opportunities to network and tickets are available now.