Associated with Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), this year’s Commonwealth Business Forum will be held in Kigali, Rwanda from June 22-24, 2021. As per Business of Fashion, members of the Commonwealth Fashion Council such as Omoyemi Akelere, Founder, Lagos Fashion Week, Claudia Lumor, Founder, Glitz Africa Magazine and the Glitz Style Awards, and Sheena Frida from the Kenyan Fashion Council will hold panel discussions on re-thinking pan-Commonwealth cooperation.
As a part of the forum’s program on global economic recovery, which spans issues such as supply chain disruptions and digital infrastructure, one session will be dedicated to the future of the textile industries in Commonwealth economies that were severely impacted by the pandemic.
Companies focused on the fibre to fabric supply chain as well as apparel, footwear and textile manufacturers such as Hussain Mills, Ravi Spinning Mills, MAS Holdings, Brandix, Hirdaramani Group, KAD Manufacturing, Shasha Denims, Nishat Group, Ha-meem Group, DBL Group and Plexus Cotton will attend the forum from across the Commonwealth coutnries.
Rwanda is one of 19 African members of the Commonwealth. Despite a recent trade dispute with the US and a fashion manufacturing sector that is significantly smaller than some of its neighbours on the continent, Rwanda has earmarked the development of the apparel and textile sector as a priority for exports.