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    Connecting artisans with global fashion value chains

    ITC at the WTO's 4th Global Review of Aid for Trade: An ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative exhibition and panel discussion

    ITC Communications
    July 09, 2013

    Mr Jean-Marie Paugam, Acting Executive Director, ITC, will deliver the opening speech and brief discourse on various aspects of the value chains.

    ITC’s Ethical Fashion Initiative connects the fashion business with artisans in Africa and Haiti. By providing work for marginalized people with strong desires to change their lives, ITC makes it possible for the fashion world to embrace the skills of artisans in the developing world. The event will focus on how ITC’s Ethical Fashion Initiative has assisted in linking its beneficiaries into global value chains and the programmes of partner organizations in various African countries. Speakers will discuss the various aspects of inclusive business models that integrate marginalized communities into global value chains – and in particular the fashion and lifestyle industries – and so improve the livelihoods of those in disadvantaged communities. In addition to the panel discussion, there will be an exhibition featuring the work of the artisans and micro-producers participating in the Ethical Fashion Initiative.

    Moderator: Mr Simone Cipriani, Chief Ethical Fashion Initiative, Poor Communities and Trade Programme, ITC

    • H.E. Mr Harunah Iddrisu, Minister of Trade and Industry, Republic of Ghana
    • Mr Hans-Peter Egler, Head of Trade Promotion, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), Switzerland
    • Mr Yannick Aellen, Director, Mode Suisse, Switzerland
    • Ms Sabine Portenier and Ms Evelyne Roth, Designers, PortenierRoth, Switzerland
    • Ms Stella Jean, Designer, Stella Jean, Italy

    Read more about ITC's participation at the WTO's 4th Global Review of Aid for Trade.

    Read the session report