The sixth edition of the World Footwear Congress (WFC2019) will be held in Naples on 4th-5th April 2019. It was officially launched on Monday 17 September with an international press conference at MICAM Milano trade fair. Read the press release here.
WFC2019 will address sustainability and digitalisation as revolutionary drivers of our industry under the title “Digitalisation for a sustainable footwear industry”. The objective is to discuss different perspectives of what they represent for the consumer, the manufacturer and the retailer. The Congress will bring together high-level international speakers and experts to discuss digitalisation and sustainability and their significance for the future of the footwear sector. In addition to keynote speeches and roundtables, the programme will also feature visits to local footwear factories.
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The CEC created the World Footwear Congress more than ten years ago as a platform to discuss the rapid changes, challenges and opportunities that this dynamic industry has been facing since the beginning of the globalization. The Congress serves in particular for the promotion of a free and fair global market with equal chances for all on a reciprocal basis, while increasing international collaboration. The event is opened to all categories of worldwide footwear stakeholders (manufacturers and retailers, sector associations, technological and educational centers, policy makers, journalists, etc), although the main beneficiaries are intended to be the businesses of the footwear sector.
The first three editions of the Congress took place in Europe – April 2003 and April 2005 in Brussels (Belgium) and April 2007 in La Rioja (Spain). Then, CEC Members agreed to expand the debate to other relevant geographical zones around the world in order to strengthen the collaboration between all relevant parties, including public authorities, and increase market opportunities for businesses. As a result, in November 2011, the Congress was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a Member of the South Common Market (MERCOSUR), with an attendance of nearly 500 participants and guest speakers from around the world. Our latest edition took place in Leon, State of Guanajuato, Mexico in November 2014 and gathered more than 600 participants.