SIAO 2012

The Salon International de l’Artisanat de Ouagadougou (SIAO) is an international fair for art and craft that will be held at Burkina Faso from October the 26th to November the 4th 2012.

Every 2 years, SIAO promotes African business of handicraft providing a framework to facilitate the access for professionals of fashion, decoration, design, fine arts, and furniture in international markets.

As a trusted partner for SIAO 2012, the USAID West Africa Trade Hub will present workshops under AfricaNow!, the international brand supported by the USAID Trade Hub and the AfricaNow! network of producers, exporters and buyers.

“Exporters often need help working with international buyers – as do the buyers,” said Elaine Bellezza, the USAID Trade Hub home décor and fashion accessories advisor. “Agents provide that help – facilitating the relationship between buyer and producer. This workshop specifically focuses on the important role they play.”

Handcrafts exporters from across West Africa will discuss how to facilitate deals with international buyers during the two-day workshop facilitated by AfricaNow!, an international network of handcrafts producers and buyers managed by the USAID West Africa Trade Hub.

Consolidating export agents are key actors in the handcrafts sector, facilitating exports to international markets. The workshop is looking specifically at the critical role agents play and helping them gain knowledge and skills to develop, and to build their networks with partners and increase exports to international buyers.

Facilitators include a U.S.-based buyer’s agent and regional sector leaders.

Over two days, artisanal sector experts will cover:
How to grow their consolidation businesses.
Regional collaboration opportunities.
Buyer expectations.
Best practices in consolidating and export.

Logistics West Africa Conference

Now in its second year, Logistics West Africa is a gathering of senior logistics and supply chain professionals creating the most innovative and profitable industry solutions. Sessions range from strategy to practical topics to expert advice on efficiency, innovation and collaboration. The Logistics West Africa exhibition (LWA) is the largest logistics event of its kind in West Africa and brings exhibiting companies offering logistical solutions together with major private companies cross industry and across West Africa. There is no other platform where companies looking to expand their business in the region have the opportunity to showcase their products, services and solutions to 100’s of senior delegates and 1000’s of industry professionals under one roof in just two days. After a successful event last year Logistics West Africa 2012 is set to be an even bigger success. With many exhibition stands and sponsorship packages already secured the event is set to grow in size and stature.

Careers in Africa London Summit

Careers in Africa is an international recruitment consultancy that specialises in recruiting high-calibre, internationally-based African candidates back into jobs within their home countries.

At the upcoming Careers in Africa London Summit to be held on 19-21 October 2012 participants can expect:
Unique access to key decision makers at this exclusive invitation-only event.
Pre-scheduled interviews with leading companies and multinationals.
Exclusive access to senior delegates to arrange ‘on-the-spot’ interviews.
Company presentations, round table discussions and workshops.
Skills Training Sessions.
A unique opportunity to network with other graduates and professionals from around the world.

Careers in Africa Recruitment Summits are held across Europe, Canada, the US and Africa, and enable a consortium of leading companies to interview pre-selected candidates, ranging from graduates and early-career professionals to mid-career talent.

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Africa Fashion Week London-August 2012 (by AFWL)

The second instalment of Africa Fashion Week London (AFWL) returns on 3rd and 4th August 2012. Following the unprecedented success of last year’s event, AFWL has relocated to London Spitalfields, recent winners of a Best New Open Space award. This year’s event is set to be bigger and better with a larger venue, more designers and tons more exhibitors. This will be the first large scale event  to showcase UK and non-UK based seasoned and emerging fashion designers inspired by Africa.

The showcase debuted last year with an impressive turnout of over 4,700 attendees, the two day extravaganza created an unparalleled platform for over 50 international designers to showcase their collections. With the Olympics this year, all corners of the world will be focusing on what London has to offer, on and off the race tracks. The time is now to highlight Africa as a frontrunner in the international fashion community.

Spitalfields Market is surrounded by independent shops, cafes, bars and awarding winning restaurants such as Canteen, Galvin La Chapell and Giraffe to name a few. With a capacity of over 10,000 visitors, Spitalfields is the perfect location for a two day display of fashion, art, music and food.

Where Fashion Began (by AFWNY)

Africa Fashion Week New York (AFWNY) is a luxury multi-day event that will include runway shows, vendor exhibition, and industry networking events with the sole purpose of raising awareness of African fashion and entertainment professionals all over the world. More specifically, buyers and industry influentials will be previewed to African designers while over 2,000+ audience members will also witness the excitement and be a part of the cause.

Adirée, producer of AFWNY, showcases luxury and mass African-owned fashion brands through runway shows, exhibitions and videos. AFWNY includes runway shows hosting 21+ designers from various countries in Africa and those of the African diaspora, exhibitions, and industry networking events. Representing various countries in Africa, many designers from Africa creatively highlight personal culture within their designs-with or without the use of African prints.

AFWNY 2012 (July 12-18), is located in NYC’s financial district at 41 Broad Street, New York, NY 10004.

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