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Building the traceability of sustainable value chains across the two continents with support of blockchain technology

15 February 2022 14:30 - 15:15
Virtual meeting Brussels Belgium
EU-Africa Business Forum 2022

As part of the EU-Africa Business Forum 2022, UNECE is organizing a side event on the 15 of February 2022 from 14:30 to 15:15 CET.

Compliance with ESG and due diligence requirements is a costly process whereby traceability of value chains is a key enabler. At the same time, harnessing the potential of advanced technologies and digital solutions is worth exploring to connect small-scale actors (farmers, MSMEs, women-led businesses) embracing sustainability, to global value chains and consumers.

This session will demonstrate how advanced technologies, like blockchain, can enable traceability and risk-based due diligence across the two continents for sustainable value chains in fashion and apparel.  It will showcase end-to-end traceability in support of reliable product claims, from origin, to living wages, to climate risk mitigation and adaptation.     

Together, experts will focus on opportunities to scale-up impactful solutions for an ethical fashion and apparel industry, while ensuring market access for small-holders and SMEs in developing economies. 

This side session is organized in connection with the ITC-UNECE joint initiative for Enhancing Transparency and Traceability of Sustainable Value Chains in Garment and Footwear, implemented support of the European Union.

The programme at a glance:


  • UNECE, Economic Cooperation and Trade Division, Elisabeth Tuerk, Director

Indicative Panel

  • Laila Hosny, Head of CSR, Alex Bank
  • Escipión Joaquín Oliveira Gómez, New Assistant Secretary General of the Department of Structural Economic Transformation and Trade , OACPS Secretariat
  • Marie-Louis Bishara, Chairwoman of the Egyptian Apparel Export Council, Bishara Group, Egypt 
  • Piera Solinas, Sustainability Manager Filmar Spa
  • Heinz Zeller, Principal Sustainability, Hugo Boss Ticino
  • Sara Berlese, Programme Officer, UNIDO Egypt 

Concluding remarks

  • Programme Officer, UNIDO Egypt


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