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Next World Footwear Congress to be held in Istanbul on May 2023

Next World Footwear Congress to be held in Istanbul on May 2023
The European Confederation of the Footwear Industry (CEC) announced at MICAM that the 7th edition of the World Footwear Congress (WFC) will take place in Istanbul from the 9th to the 11th of May 2023
The next WFC, which was created in 2003 by CEC to bring closer all footwear players around the world, will be organized jointly by CEC and the Footwear Industrialists Association of Turkey (TASD), and take place in Istanbul, "a city where Europe and Asia meet", to remind the footwear industry of the need of working together to foster competitiveness, growth, and equal chances for all in a new challenging macro environment.

This was announced in Milan, following CEC's Board Meeting which took place yesterday by the occasion of MICAM Milano's most recent edition, which comes to a close today. CEC's Members have confirmed the place and date of the event during their gathering.

"In less than three years since the last Congress edition in Naples, the world has lived the major challenges since World War II, which started with a pandemic, and was followed by transport disruptions, scarcity of materials, accelerated climate change, a war, energy crisis, huge inflation rates, etc.", said CEC.

"It is therefore logic that the Congress's motto should be the footwear sector's recipe for this New World", urged the European organization, recalling that in recent years Turkey became a major producer in the global footwear scenario thanks to investments in manufacturing processes and high-design capacity.

During the Congress, companies will have the opportunity to share and learn from international speakers, as well as meet other companies and visit factories. Nonetheless, more details will be announced at a press conference at the AYMOD trade fair in Istanbul on the 29th of September 2022, and a dedicated website with information about the event will soon be made available.

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