Around 2000 industry professionals are expected to take part in the fourth Istanbul Fashion Apparel Conference, which takes place next month and brings together Turkish textile and apparel manufacturers, retailers, and national and international brands.

The event is being organised by TCMA, The Turkish Clothing Manufacturers' Association, on 5-6 May, and will be opened by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Minister of State Zafer Çaglayan and EU chief negotiator and Minister of State Egemen Bagis are also expected to attend

Keynote speakers include Paolo Zegna, president of the Ermenegildo Zegna; Pier Luigi Loro Piana, the CEO and deputy chairman of Loro Piana Group; Abel Lopez Cernadas, import/export and transport director for Spanish fashion group Inditex; and Don Baum, the senior vice president of sourcing and manufacturing at Polo Ralph Lauren.

As well as raising Turkey's profile, the conference will provide an update on issues of interest to the textile and apparel sectors, including supply chain management, fabrics, and new markets.

Business-to-business meetings are also being scheduled with buying groups from 37 countries who are interested in working with Turkish Textile and Apparel manufacturers. Companies represented include El Corte Ingles, Gerry Weber, Carrefour, Kappahl, Levi's, Li&Fung, M&S, Metro Group, Next, Otto and Target.

The conference will take place at the Golden Horn Congress Center. Click here for more information.