Sep 24, 2009, 6:36 AM
Next month, a delegation of at least 30 Gambian fashion designers and apparel producers will travel to the United States of America, to attend what is referred to as a major textile exposition in that part of the world.
The exhibition dubbed Textile and Sewn Products Industry Week (TaSPIW) would take place in Atlanta in the United States.
According to organisers, it is the largest show of its kind in the Americas. For buyers of textile equipment and services, it offers them the very best textile manufacturing technology throughout the world.
The US exposition also creates tremendous value for all visiting textile and sewn products industry professionals. The industry provides a great platform for exhibitors and visitors alike, both are open to new innovations, solutions, technologies and markets.
This is, no doubt an excellent opportunity for textile-related companies to experience one of the most advanced textile manufacturing technologies.
We, therefore, urge our fashion designers and apparel producers to make the best use of this unique opportunity.
Your presence should be felt in the US when you represent the country at this important show.
The event, according to the US Ambassador to The Gambia, Barry Wells, will expose visitors to the latest equipment and technology in textile industry, and to the high quality fabrics in the United States.
This, he stated, is part of the United States Embassy and the Ministry of Trade's efforts to help develop The Gambia's fashion industry and help the country maximise its benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).
"In addition to the expo, in Atlanta, visitors will have the opportunity to showcase their products," he added. Mr. Wells indicated that this will expose them to learn new things and improve their apparel production and fashion design business and the quality of their work, and also boost trade ties between The Gambia and US."
Once more, we commend the US Embassy and the Ministry of Trade for facilitating this unique opportunity for our fashion designers.