Nairobi, Kenya / September 7 - 9, 2018

“Supply Chains & Business Models in Times of Rapid Change”

ITMF Annual Conference 2018 Nairobi, Kenya / September 7 - 9, 2018


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Conference Programme (as of September 8, 2018)


11.30 – 19.00 Registration
13.00 – 14.15 Directors Meeting
Directors of ITMF member associations, associate and corporate members - by invitation -
14.15 – 15.45 Spinners Committee Meeting
- by invitation -
16.15 – 17.45 Joint Cotton Committee Meeting
Panel Discussion: Transparency, Traceability, Sustainability – What is the Future of Cotton?

The COTTONHAND App for Small Scale Cotton Farmers
Walter Simeoni, The Cottonhand, South Africa
19.00 – 21.00 Joint Dinner ITMF/ACTIF Board & ITMF Directors
(Tambourin Restaurant, Kempinski)
ITMF and Host Associations Office Bearers and Directors of ITMF member associations, associate and corporate members and speakers - by invitation -


8.00 – 17.00 Registration
8.30 – 9.30 Board Meeting, Part 1 - by invitation -
9.30 – 10.00 Coffee Break
10.00 – 12.00 Formal Opening Session
Jas Bedi, EBS, MBS, President ITMF, Chairman ACTIF, Kenya
The Hon. Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary General, UNCTAD, Switzerland
The Hon. Peter G. Munya, MGH, Cabinet Secretary for Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives, Kenya
His Excellency, the Hon Uhuru Kenyatta, C.G.H., President of the Republic of Kenya
12.00 – 13.00 Lunch
12.00 – 13.00 1st General Session: Fibre Session – Part 1: Cotton
Moderator: Andrew Macdonald, ITMF Board Member, Brazil

CmiA - Cotton made FOR Africa?!
Christian Barthel, Cotton made in Africa (CmiA), Germany

Keeping Cotton Competitive: Industry Actions
Terry Townsend, Cotton Analytics, USA

Supply-Demand Balance on Cotton and Chemical Fibres
Xiaoping Duan, China Chemical Fibre Association (CCFA)

Panel Discussion and Q&A

Handing over: Discover Natural Fibres Initiative (DNFI) Innovation in Natural Fibres Award for 2018
14.30 – 15.00 Coffee Break
15.00 – 16.30 1st General Session: Fibre Session – Part 2: Man-made Fibres
Moderator: Andrew Macdonald, ITMF Board Member, Brazil

Trends in Global Fibre Production & Consumption
Robin MacDonald, Wood Mackenzie Chemicals, Germany

Sustainable Development of Viscose - Goal, Roadmap and Global Collaboration
Feng Xin, Sateri, China

Panel Discussion and Q&A
16.45 – 17.45 Board Meeting, Part 2 - by invitation -
17.30 – 21.00 Welcome Evening at Zen Gardens (outdoors)

Special Guest: Ms. Laura Chaplin (Designer & Artist)


7.30 – 8.30 Board Meeting, Part 3 - by invitation -
14.00 – 14.45 2nd General Session: Textile & Apparel Industry in Africa

Textile Industry in Africa – A Contemporary Perspective
Navdeep Sodhi, Gherzi, Sub-Sahara

Doing Business in East Africa
Frank Matsaert, TradeMark East Africa, Kenya

The Rolfe of Africa in the Global Supply Chain
Sunny Huang, New Wide Group, Chinese Taipei

Panel Discussion and Q&A
10.15 – 10.45 Coffee Break
10.45 – 11.45 3rd General Session: Textile Value Chain
Moderator: K.V. Srinivasan, ITMF Board Member, India

PVH in East Africa: Past, Present and the Future
Cen Williams, PVH Far East Limited Africa Hub, Kenya

Cina's T & A Supply Chain and Its CSR in Times of Rapid Change
Ruizhe Sun, China National Textile & Apparel Council

Panel Discussion and Q&A
11.45 – 12.15 Keynote Address:
Manuel Moses, Country Manager East Africa, International Finance Corporation
12.15 – 13.15 Lunch
13.15 – 13.45 The Global Textile (Machinery) Market Situation (incl. Q&A)
Christian Schindler, ITMF
13.45 – 15.00 4th General Session: Technology & Digitalization in the T & A Industry
Moderator: Loek de Vries, ITMF Board Member, Netherlands

Digitalization – to Be or not to Be
Thomas Gries, ITA Aachen, Germany

Design for Automation - Bridging the Gap Between Product Requirements and Automation
Pete Santora, SoftWear Automation, USA

Digital Transformation of the Textile Value Chain
Mark Jarvis, WTiN, Uk

Panel Discussion and Q&A
15.00 – 15.10 Invitation: World Textile Merchandising Conference in Keqiao, China
Mr. Chen Dapeng, Executive Vice Chairman of China National Garment Association
15.10 – 15.30 Coffee Break
15.30 – 16.30 Committee of Management Meeting - by invitation -
18.30 – 23.00 Gala Dinner at the National Museum (outdoors)
Optional Museum Visit after Dinner


8.00 – 8.45 Fibres& Applications (F&A) Committee Meeting

Filament Cotton Yarn from Recycled Cotton
Gerrit Bouwhuis, Saxion - University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands

Digital Printing & Finishing
Marc van Parys, UNITEX – TexZeppelin, Belgium

9.00 – 10.00 5th General Session: Retail/E-Commerce
Moderator: Rafael Cervone, ITMF Board, Brazil

Embracing Change: How Fashion Retailer bonprix Fulfils Today’s Customer Expectations
Rien Jansen, bonprix (Otto Group), Germany
Bashir Ali Mohammad, Gul Ahmed Textile Mills, Pakistan

Panel Discussion and Q&A
10.00 – 10.30 Coffee Break
10.30 – 11.45 6th General Session: ITMF’s Audit Initiative
Moderator: Peter Gnägi, ITMF Board, Switzerland

Update & Progress Report
Karim Shafei, ITMF/Gherzi, Switzerland
Matthijs Crietee, IAF, Netherlands

The Role and Objectives of the SLCP
Janet Mensink, Social & Labour Convergence Project (SLCP), Netherlands

A View from a Retailer
Caner Soytas, Nike, Türkiye

A View from a Manufacturer
Helen Chen, Esquel China/Beijing Office

Panel Discussion and Q&A
11.45 – 12.15 Coffee Break
10.30 – 11.45 7th General Session: Green Economy
Moderator: Vally Khamisani, Principal and Global Sector Lead for Light Manufacturing, International Finance Corporation, USA

Driving Sustainability – A Value Chain Responsibility
James Carnahan, Archroma, Singapore
Walter Simeoni, Cottonhand Limited, South AfricaM

Panel Discussion and Q&A
13.30 – 13.40 Invitation ITMF Annual Conference 2019
13.40 – 14.30 Lunch
14.30 – 21.00 Excursion: Game Drive, Nairobi National Park
African Fashion Show Case
Opening of Origin Africa 2018


7.30 – 9.00 Investor Breakfast Hosted by Government of Kenya
9.00 – 18.00 Visit of Origin Africa 2018
Buses are organised that transport conference delegates to and from the exhibition ground


















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