6th edition of the World Footwear Congress 2019

6th edition of the World Footwear Congress 2019
0 comments, 19/03/2019, by , in Fairs

Registration for the sixth edition of the World Footwear Congress is now open. All footwear stakeholders are invited to join the debates in Naples, from the 3rd to the 5th of April 2019.

According to CEC, the European Confederation of the Footwear Industry: “This is an excellent venue for professionals of the footwear industry to learn about the latest changes and opportunities that companies can benefit from in a fast-changing economy and society”.

Registration to the 6th edition of the World Footwear Congress 2019 is open at www.worldfootwearcongressnaples2019.com.

This edition will focus on the topic Digitalisation for a sustainable footwear industry and will bring together high-level international speakers and experts to discuss digitalisation and sustainability, and what they mean for the future of the footwear sector.

In addition to key notes speeches and roundtables, the programme will also give the opportunity to the attendants to visit local footwear factories.

About CEC

The European Confederation of the Footwear Industry (CEC) was created more than 30 years ago as THE VOICE of the European footwear industry in the discussions with European Institutions and other international public and private organisations in Brussels. It gathers footwear national associations and federations of the European Union, representing approximately 88% of the footwear production.


CEC’s overall objective is to boost the competitiveness and sustainable growth of the European sector, while the most specific objectives include:

  1. To promote and defend the interests and values of the sector with regard to EU policies and regulations with an impact on the European footwear (e.g. opening of third markets on a level playing field; internationalisation of SMEs; fight of counterfeiting goods; environment; social responsibility; etc.)
  2. To support research and innovation, through the participation in EU projects, which can help the sector to adapt to the new globalization challenges like to contribute to climate change mitigation, energy efficiency, scarcity of materials, e-sales, new business models, consumer demands and needs, etc.
  3. To foster employment and the development of necessary skills, as well as the attractiveness of the sector to young generations, through European initiatives (e.g. Erasmus+ programme; and Social Dialogue programme at EU level).
  4. To serve as a platform and communication channel for all footwear stakeholders for the interchange of information and best practices, as well as increase collaboration, inside and outside Europe.

Two initiatives at international level:

  1. World Footwear Congress, platform for discussing the constant changes and challenges that the footwear industry faces since the beginning of the globalization. Open to all categories of worldwide footwear stakeholders. Editions: April 2003 and April 2005 in Brussels, Belgium; April 2007 in La Rioja, Spain; November 2011 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; November 2014 León, México.
  2. International Footwear Forum, a platform to strengthen collaboration among leading footwear national associations and confederations in the world, in particular in order to interchange information, consider common initiatives, as well as to express concerns and possibly find solutions. The first edition was held at the MICAM in September 2015 and the second in New York in June 2016, and the third in Porto, Portugal on the occasion of the 20th UITIC International Technical Footwear Congress.


  1. https://www.worldfootwear.com/news/registration-for-the-world-footwear-congress-is-open/3675.html?utm_source=sendinblue&utm_campaign=Germany_industry_is_cautiously_optimistic&utm_medium=email
  2. http://www.worldfootwearcongressnaples2019.com/about-wfc/



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