Sapelle’s CEO, Daphne Kasambala will be giving a talk on sourcing ethically from Africa at the upcoming Pan-African Business Expo, on 17 April, 2014 at King’s College, University of London near Somerset House.
The Pan-African Business Expo is a one-day conference of business people, trade officials, investors and politicians, seeking to promote, challenge, motivate and stimulate economic and social empowerment within the African and Caribbean communities.
The organisers are aiming to raise awareness on how businesses and individuals can benefit from having multiple streams of revenue by engaging more effectively in international trade with the African and Caribbean Countries.
The discussions will be centred on how the African-Caribbean Businesses and those that serve them can trade in a responsible way to develop the communities and to engage others to do the same.The goal is to revitalise the Pan-African debate about how different communities can set their own agenda against the current economic climate.
Daphne Kasambala, who will present her own business’ case to the delegate, said, “Africa’s experiencing unprecedented growth, a fact which is often overlooked by the world’s media. In spite of all the positive indicators such as a growing middle class, improving social indicators and political climates, there still exist challenges in terms of trading with partners on the continent.
“For Sapelle, these issues include logistical and infrastructural hurdles that make sourcing, manufacturing, transporting and communicating extremely challenging, and making competing more difficult.
“On a positive note, as the fashion industry is still in its early stages of development, the opportunity for manufacturers to compete on the basis of lower relative labour costs and other unique factors such as organic raw materials, fair trade and sustainable practices could put the African apparel sector ahead for investors and players seeking fertile new ground to grow their activities.
“Likewise, established retailers looking to expand their sales into new markets might find Africa a receptive new marketplace exists for them, as other international companies have found.
“I’m looking forward to meeting other like-minded people who share my excitement in the prospects that exist in Africa, and to sharing the journey that we’ve experienced at Sapelle so far. We will share best practice and lessons learned, and also gain some valuable insights from those further down the road than we are,” said Daphne Kasambala as she prepares for the event.