The Ethiopian Institute of Textile and Fashion Technology-EiTEX organized and hosted the 8th international conference on Cotton, Textile and Apparel value Chain in Africa (CTA-2019) on June 7th and 8th, 2019. This conference is held for the eighth successive years which have brought several individuals and stakeholders in the sector from different companies, academic institutes, government and non-governmental representatives in the sector to share their knowledge and experience in addition to discussing the applications of new technologies.
State Minister of Trade and Industry H.E Mr. Teka G/yesus, Amhara National and Regional State Technical Vocational and Enterprise Development Bureau head and an Advisory Board Chairperson of EiTEX and BiT Mr. Yeshambel Kebede, Dr. Firew Tegegne President of Bahir Dar University and EiTEX Scientific Director Dr. Abera Kechi have addressed their messages to the participants.
Launching the first volume publication of Ethiopian Journal of Textile and Apparel (EJTA) in the event of the conference was taken place. Participants also visited an exhibition in Selam Campus organized by EiTEX students and invited participants. The symposium on “Waste to Wealth”, which is very valuable research work for the region and the nation as whole was conducted in parallel session.EiTEX Alumni Association was officially formed and registered members elected executive Committees on the occasion. Also the launching of EU funded new project called Bottom UP, promoting sustainable cotton & garment value chain from Ethiopian cotton to European consumers, project between partners from EU delegates, Netherlands MOV, Solidaridad and other international project partners was undertaken as a parallel session
About 22 oral presentation and 12 poster presentation of research work were presented. Very creative fashion design product developed by students plus a new fashion hall leads to miracle fashion show event. The institutes also signed MOU with Solidaridad and finally certificates are awarded for the sponsors, presenters and the conference organizing committee members.