Given the humanitarian crisis that the hosting country is facing, the Congress organisers, the Footwear Industrialists Association of Turkey (TASD) and the Turkish Footwear Industry Suppliers Association (AYSAD) and the CEC are now focused on the urgent needs of the victims. CEC and its Members are sending emergency shipments with warm shoes and clothes, and the two Turkish associations are in addition contributing to find housing and work for the victims. Some of the areas worse hit by the earthquake, were populated with footwear and clothing factories.

In view of the gravity of the situation, the World Footwear Congress is therefore postponed until later in the year, probably in November 2023. The exact dates will be announced in the coming weeks. In the meantime, the Congress organisation will continue, and participants can register on the Congress website , which is currently being updated.

The entire CEC team and its members take this opportunity to affirm their solidarity to the Turkish and Syrian people in these extremely difficult times.