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AAFA to Host Four Issue Sessions at MAGIC, FN Platform, and WSA Trade Shows

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Sessions to be held at Sourcing @ Magic, FN Platform, and WSA

(Washington, D.C.) – The decisions made in Washington, D.C., and in capitals around the world, affect the decisions the apparel, footwear, and accessories industry makes every day. The regulations and rules facing the industry can be complex, and companies need the right information to understand how these rules can affect their business and/or what opportunities exist.

“AAFA is committed to helping our members and industry navigate the legislative and regulatory environment around the globe. Because the MAGIC shows cover all aspects of the industry – design, material, sourcing, and, of course, final products – MAGIC is a natural choice to have a broad discussion with a wide array of members from throughout the industry on how decisions made by governments hundreds or thousands of miles away can dictate business decisions: where companies source, how they must label their product, and what goes in those products.”

In response to the ever-changing regulatory environment and new trade policies, the American Apparel & Footwear Association designed four sessions to be held at Sourcing @ Magic, FN Platform, and WSA @ Magic in Las Vegas next month to provide important information to industry representatives. For more details on each session, click here.

CHINA: WHAT’S NEXT on Tuesday, February 16, 3:30 – 5:00 PM at Sourcing @MAGIC will discuss the accelerated changes in Asia, especially China, and how trade policies are creating unprecedented opportunities for businesses to become powerhouses there. AAFA’s expert panel includes Moderator Nate Herman, Vice President, International Trade, American Apparel & Footwear Association, with Chen Zhirong, China Chamber of Commerce for Import & Export of Textiles (CCCT); Colin Israel, Walter Wilhelm Associates, former Managing Director of Asia, Black Diamond; and Steve Mostofsky, President and CEO, TTI Global Resources.

AFRICA ON THE VERGE on Wednesday, February 17, 10:00 – 11:30 AM at Sourcing @MAGIC: This panel will focus on how brands can take advantage of the long-term renewal of vital trade program, the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which AAFA played a key role in securing. The discussion will also provide perspective on steps Africa should take to secure its future as a prime sourcing destination for the industry. Moderator Nate Herman, Vice President, International Trade, American Apparel & Footwear Association, will lead Jeremy Lott, President, SANMAR; William McRaith, Chief Supply Chain Officer, PVH Corporation; Avedis Seferian, President and CEO, Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP); and Mr. Mohammad, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Industrialization and Enterprise of Kenya in an in-depth discussion.

DECIPHERING TPP FOR FOOTWEAR on Wednesday, February 17, 2:00 – 3:00 PM at FN PLATFORM: AAFA will answer the question of how implementation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement will affect businesses and bottom lines. Nate Herman, Vice President, International Trade, American Apparel & Footwear Association and Alan Colman, President, KBG LLC will present.

SOURCING SHOES: OPTIONS FROM LOCAL TO GLOBAL on Wednesday, February 17, 3:30 – 4:30 PM at WSA: Nate Herman, Vice President, International Trade, American Apparel & Footwear Association will discuss footwear’s evolving sourcing trends as well as the key determinants in sourcing footwear now and in the future.

More than 60,000 industry insiders from 120 countries meet semi-annually at the MAGIC trade shows. The next MAGIC shows will take place in Las Vegas, February 15-18.

 

Source:  AAFA