The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and ANJE signed a 3-year partnership to support and promote the Fashion Industry and African Textile Production in Portugal and Europe.

Part of Creative Africa Nexus (CANEX) do Afreximbank, a iniciativa visa promover anualmente pelo menos 40 designers africanos  nas próximas edições do Portugal Fashion.

CANEX presents África @ Portugal Fashion provides a platform for the development of emerging fashion designers by supporting skills transfer through mentoring from industry experts, while providing market access opportunities to boost production, sales and distribution. The program aims to equip participants with the skills that will enable them to create financially sustainable companies with the potential to scale, as well as provide support with go-to-market and internationalization strategies.

The programme has a blended format, mixing physical events with digital elements to enable linkages and partnerships. It is designed to support a generation of entry to mid-level talent, through a customized approach, to up-skill and individually support the development and recognition of talent.

2nd Edition

March 2022

October 2022


The inaugural edition took place from 12 to 16 October 2021. Twenty African designers from the continent and diaspora took part in this pioneering edition, where they were able to showcase their Spring/Summer ’22 collections on the runway, as well as on an exhibition platform designed to facilitate linkages between the designers and industry stakeholders including the press, investors, manufacturers and buyers. In addition to showcasing platforms, the programme also included mentorship and networking sessions between the designers and key international industry experts.